Finger LakesLast month, Coravin explored the Finger Lakes region for the first time, for the Wine Bloggers Conference 2015. The upstate New York region is known for its icy climate, its lakes and spectacular scenic spots – but what about its wines?


Finger Lakes and its grapes

The Finger Lakes region is more than a hundred wineries, years of passionate and high-quality wine production, and eleven lakes – the wine country being centered around four main ones: Keuka, Seneca, Cayuga and Canandaigua.


While the region’s world class Rieslings have generated the most buzz in the past few years, the Finger Lakes is home to some beautiful Gewürztraminers, Chardonnays and Ice Wines. On the other hand, the reds are slowly catching up, with a few wineries focusing on Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, and even Lemberger (the Austrian grape, also known as Blaufränkisch.


Where to taste?

Wagner Vineyards One of the oldest and most recognized wineries in the region. Located on the Eastern shore of Seneca Lake, Wagner offers tastings and winery tours, all in a magical setting – which I personally recommend. If you go, try their 2013 Dry Riesling: an award-winning wine, and for a good reason.


Idol Ridge Winery – Often referred to as “New York State’s best dessert wine”, the brand new (2012) winery does not disappoint! Located on the East side of Seneca Lake, just south of Lodi, the winery offers a spectacular panoramic view over the lake. Their Cabernet Franc and Vidal Blanc Ice Wines, as well as their Late Harvest Riesling are worth the trip.


Fox Run Vineyards – The family-owned winery produces 15,000 cases a year, with wines including Riesling, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Lemberger, Cabernet Franc, and Pinot Noir. Fox Run sits high on Torrey Ridge, overlooking Seneca Lake as well, and is known for its high-quality wines. Get your hands on the superb 2010 Riesling 12, Lake Dana Vineyard, the 2012 Rosé or 2013 Gewürztraminer, and you have a treat in store.


All in all, if you’re someone who enjoys peaceful and beautiful scenery with a hearty meal and a great glass of wine, surrounded by down-to-earth and welcoming people, the Finger Lakes is the way to go!