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Chase The Mauve Aroma Of Finger Lakes

Posted on November 10, 2009 | Remarkable DrivesNo Comment

Finger Lakes, New York

The finger lakesKnown for the vintners from of New York, the expanse of Finger Lakes is equipped to make wine better than the best of California. The landscapes here are equally admirable. The voyagers can flavor their trip from winery to winery in the midst of undulating hills, uncluttered Amish ranches, and never-ending panoramas of turquoise water. The glacier-gashed lagoons and aroma of amethyst fields describes the impeccable vicinity of Finger Lakes.


The gratifying mélange of mauve farmland and distinct towns, with a concoction of splendid 19th Century dwellings and contemporary downtown is the perfect delineation of Finger Lakes in New York. The double-lane tarmacs tag along the shorelines, sometimes cuddling the coast, sometimes wafting up into the grasses, but always with lilac scent. The landscape surrounding Keuka Lake energizes your spirit as the ranches and woods scamper straight down to the shores. Teeming streets sometimes slower the traffic as you might have to wait for hay-wagons and bikers to pass by.

Over one hundred of New York’s finest wineries are spread across the coasts of lakes Seneca, Cayuga, and Keuka. Nearing the lakes, the vines are usually equipped with all the elements necessary for manufacturing. Just visiting all the wineries on the meandering shores can take more than a week. Nevertheless, a 175-mile route starting from Ithaca can exemplify similar experience and can be completed contentedly in four days.

Begin in Ithaca

Located at the southern end of Cayuga, Ithaca is occupied by domestic airlines and car leasing agencies. This city is adhered to precipitous hills on the lake and is embracing the Cornwell University, making it more vivacious and attractive. Among your initial stops is Sciencenter which demonstrates over 200 shows for age group varying from kids to adults. An optional turn toward north will include a walk through a cavernous ravine that leads you to Taughnnock Falls State Park, falls of over 66 meters.

Lucas vineyardsLavender shades of Interlaken

Following the western coast of Cayuga, you will reach Lucas Vineyards. The process of wine making on Cayuga was established by Lucas family in 1980. The vineyard of this family is spread across 30 acres of land that slopes in systematic rows towards the tarn, where over 3 miles of landscape continues to garnish the scene. It is an ideal spot to sip the Beaujolais-styled Tug Boat red of the Lucas.


Even nearer to the water is Sheldrake Point Vineyard, positioned near a horde of sprawling summer resorts seems like the idyllic setting for any visitor to halt and grab some of its extraction. The open-air café of this vineyard, enveloped by gardens, serves wines along with daily specials.

Best deal in Romulus

Turn to Route 89 on Swick road to enter Traders Village. As the name suggests, it’s a small village heaving with strapping grandiose and mission furnishings made finished by Amish Skilled labor. It’s ideal for shopping as the prices are surprising below the value, and the bargain on inventory varies from quilts and rugs to toys to other man-made articles.

The quaint Seneca Falls

The works of protesters Amelia Bloomer and Elizabeth Candy Stanton are honored in Women’s Rights national Historical Park and The National Women’s Hall of Fame, both established in the significant Seneca Falls. Both of the above mentioned activists resided here.

The kingdom of Geneva

At the northern end of Seneca Lake lays the town of Geneva, a small settlement blessed with the Italianate quarters and Greek reestablishments. Among one of the renowned jewels of Geneva, is the Smith Opera House, rebuilt in 1894, where the acts of recitalists vie with the raucously vibrant interiors.

When in Penn Yan, do as vintner

For a brilliant amalgamation of tour and taste, visit Fox Run Vineyards, situated on the western coast of Seneca Lake. Because the owner of this vineyard believes that people are unaware about the anonymity of wines, he exhibits the whole process of wine making, from splicing to bottling. He makes French Oak barrels with his hand through conventional coopers, the price of which starts from $700. If here, don’t forget to stopover at Craft Market and Windfall Farm which is on Route 14A east of Lake Keuka and southward from Penn Yan. The farm covers a vast land of 26 acres and the market settles in four buildings full of articles for sale. Also try delicious pies available at Stoltfus Bakery.

Seven Ghosts in Himrod

Find a tranquil drive on Randall Crossing Road to enter the most placidly gorgeous backdrop than any other winery in the expanse, Miles Wine Cellars. Most of the tourists are welcomed by the owners, Suzy Hayes and Doug Miles, in an unblemished pasty shrine of a house adjacent to Seneca Lake. The structural design of this temple is a resurgence of Greek chic and natives believe it’s haunted. Doug Miles noticed the presence of couple of ghosts on the porch. He has named one of its wines as Ghost which is quite revitalizing along with a tag on the bottle portraying the porch ghosts. According to him, spiritualists have identified this place as home to seven ghosts. However, I found this place worth visiting and identified not a single of the seven. Other than its eerie stories, this place is well-known for its enormously scrumptious taste of chocolaty Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir.

HammondsportAnd lastly Hammondsport

Exploring the town of Hammondsport is quite congenial due to its exquisite foliage and serene beaches on Keuka, a harbor for two of the premium vineries of Finger Lake. Visit the neighboring Chateau renaissance wine Cellars that offer a classy Merlot and champagnes made with the secret recipe which had been with the family of Demay’s Loire Valley for over 400 years. DeMay is in love with his terrain, ambiance, vegetation, water, and the untamed confined yeasts in the grape-yard spread across 17 acres. The Vinifera Wine Cellars of Dr. Konstantin Frank commemorates the gentleman who brought real European grapes used for vinifera wine to the vicinity of New York.

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