Seneca Sol offers wine tours along the east side of Seneca Lake on Fridays and Saturdays for up to 6 people. On the wine tour guests will visit 5 wineries with a lunch stop along the way. Guests will depart Seneca Sol in a spacious 2018 Chevy Tahoe at 10:45 a.m. The itinerary has been designed to provide guests with a top notch food and wine experience at small, estate wineries, along the east side of Seneca Lake. Arrangements have been made at each winery for a heightened experience. This includes wine and food pairings not offered to the average tasting guest.
The guided wine tour fee is $150.00 per person. Tasting fees are included in the fee. Lunch at Red Newt Bistro is not included.
A sample tour includes Silver Thread Vineyard, where owners Shannon and Paul Brock produce small batch Rieslings and Pinot Noir with a focus on terroir. Their vineyards are some of the oldest vineyards on the east side of Seneca Lake.
The next stop will be a gourmet lunch at Ryan William Vineyards. The menu offers vegan and vegetarian options with guests enjoying scenic views of Seneca Lake and a glass of wine. After lunch, more wine! The staff at Ryan William Vineyard will provide a special single vineyard select wine tasting with an explanation of what makes terroir so important for growing wine grapes along Seneca Lake.
Our next stop at Damiani Wine Cellars includes a special chocolate and red wine pairing presented by their very own sommelier and wine director Michael Cimino. His 25 years as a wine buyer in NYC has finally landed him in the heart of the Finger Lakes selling wine from the best red wine producer in the Finger Lakes. The chocolates are made by chocolatier Christian Thirion, a French trained chef who hand selected the chocolates to pair perfectly with the wines.
Next up, Barry Family Cellars with wines presented by Ian Barry, owner and proprietor. His winemaking style has earned him countless awards with a focus on Riesling. The tasting room is located in one of the oldest buildings in Burdett and well worth the stop.
Our final stop lands us at our most scenic stop along Seneca Lake, Atwater Vineyards. These vineyards grow grapes such as Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon rarely grown elsewhere in the Finger Lakes. The charming balcony overlooking vineyards and Seneca Lake will make you want to stay all afternoon. Bring your camera, this is the perfect photo op!
We return back at Seneca Sol around 4:30 p.m. with plenty of time to unload all the bounty from the day of wine tasting and freshen up for evening dinner/activities.