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Take the Scenic Route to History

The history of the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail began in 1981 when Mary Plane, of Plane’s Cayuga Vineyards (now called Cayuga Ridge Estates), looked at her empty parking lot and knew if her fledgling winery was to succeed, she needed to fill it. What could she do to entice people to visit? Would people come if there were more to do, more to see? Thus began Mary’s vision of the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail.

Mary gathered support from other wineries and in 1983, five total wineries banded together and established the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail and helped produce the first brochure, which was audacious: “The Cayuga Lake Wine Trail offers a variety that is unmatched in wine touring and tasting. Nowhere else will travelers experience such a multitude of premium wines, attractions, comfortable lodging, fine restaurants, friendly people, and splendid scenery.”

36 years later the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail has done just that; with 14 member wineries, and over 75 different local businesses, Americas First Wine Trail certainly has lived up to its reputation.
About the wineries:

Montezuma Winery & Hidden Marsh Distillery, member since 2001:
We are proud to serve you award winning fruit, honey, and grape wines. There is something to suit everyone’s palate! Hidden Marsh Distillery has premium liquors, brandy, whiskey, bourbon and vodka. Don’t forget the homemade fudge and extensive gift shop.

Varick Winery & Vineyard, member since 2005: Experience wines paired with complimentary fare. Sample over 100 food items at the country store. Enjoy scenic views of the vineyard, cherry orchard and Cayuga Lake. At Varick Inn, relax and rejuvenate at an 1833 historic home.

Swedish Hill Winery, member since 1986: Experience over 30 different wines ranging from classically produced Rieslings and Cabernet Francs to delicious blends that showcase the flavors of the region. A visit with Doobie, our pet miniature donkey and our  miniature horse, Sven is a must-see!

Knapp Winery & Vineyard Restaurant, member since 1984
Sit inside or on our vineyard trellised patio overlooking our landscaped gardens and vineyards. Combine this setting with Knapp’s premium wine for an authentic Finger Lakes experience.

Goose Watch Winery, member since 1998:
For over 20 years, we’ve produced distinctive premium wines with a concentration on off-the-beaten path varietals and styles not found on most other Finger Lakes wineries.

Buttonwood Grove Winery, member since 2004

 Winner of the 2017 Governor’s Cup! Come explore our beautifully landscaped grounds and lake view while tasting some of our many award winning wines. A renowned venue for weddings, we also have on-site cabins for overnight lodging.

Toro Run Winery, member since 2014

The winery sits on 64 acres 530 feet atop a glacier-carved hillside overlooking Cayuga Lake. We serve world class Finger Lakes wines, including our signature estate grown Gruner Veltliner.

Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery, member since 1983

Enjoy estate grown wines rich in character. Delight in our exciting “urban home décor” gift shop to create your own entertainment flair.

Thirsty Owl Wine Company and Bistro, members since 2001

 The Thirsty Owl Winery and Bistro, with its own 41 acres of vineyards overlooking Cayuga Lake, offers indoor, outdoor, and private seating for larger groups. Enjoy our award-winning wines and delicious local fare.

Hosmer Winery, member since 1985

Founded on the principle that great wine starts in the vineyard, the first vines were planted on the family farm in 1972. Today, 70 acres of vineyards are producing some of the finest fruit in the Finger Lakes, used to make 100% estate grown, award winning wine.

Lucas Vineyards, member since1983

Three generations of fun-loving Lucas family invite you to experience Cayuga Lake’s oldest winery. Engaging wine tastings, beautiful gardens and one of the area’s most unique gift shops are just a few happenings at Lucas.

Americana Vineyards & Crystal Lake Café, member since 1983

Taste our award winning wines, try some homemade fudge, and visit our taproom/Beer
Garden featuring 10 Bacchus Brewing Co. beers. Dog and family friendly. The Crystal Lake Cafe offers fresh, locally-sourced, from-scratch gourmet comfort food in a laid-back casual atmosphere year-round.

Six Mile Creek Vineyards, member since 1993

Nestled on the southwest slope of one of Ithaca’s most picturesque settings, Six Mile Creek Vineyard is a boutique winery and distillery specializing in the production of premium wines and spirits. Panoramic valley view’s capture the beauty of the vineyard, pond, and gardens.

Long Point Winery, member since 2001

The winery sits on 72 acres of land overlooking the east side of beautiful Cayuga Lake. Guests are treated to a tasting of the finest dry red and white wines and the spectacular views that the tasting room provides.

Katherine Chase