Vinifera Wines of the Seneca Lake Banana Belt


Come discover some of the finest wines in the Finger Lakes.  On this tour, you  explore the wineries of the southeast shore of Seneca Lake - a region known as the "Banana Belt", due to its extra-ordinary microclimate.  The "terroir" of this region is ideal for growing the famous vinifera grapes of Europe.  The tour begins with a private vineyard tour and barrel tasting at Standing Stone Vineyards, where you taste Chardonnays and Cabernets right out of the barrels, learning about the process of creating the distinctive flavors of these famous varieties.  You then go upstairs to the tasting room, where you experience the current bottled vintages of these varieties, as well as some other special wines

Next, we will visit Sheldrake Point Vineyards on Seneca  where we  feature their award-winning Reislings, and other notable vinifera.  

Finally, Damiani Wine Cellars will highlight some of region's finest vinifera reds, including Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Bordeaux-inspired Meritage.

At the first two wineries on this tour, we feature a different wine and local cheese pairing that accentuates why they go so well together.  At the last winery, we feature Damiani's incredible reds with regionally-made chocolates designed specifically to go with their wines.

Join us on this tour of spectacular lake vistas, and extraordinary wine and food!


Price: $95.00 per person. This price is associated with a 5 person total guest count. Alternate pricing and touring options are available for tours that do not meet this minimum. Discount pricing available for groups of 10 or more.

Tours depart from Ithaca ((La Tourelle Resort and Spa, 1150 Danby Road - Click HERE for map  - or The Hotel Ithaca, 222 S. Cayuga Street - Click HERE to see map) and Watkins Glen (Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, 16 North Franklin St. - Click HERE for map)

Click HERE to inquire about reserving this tour for a new date not currently on the calendar. 

What our guests say about this tour:

"It was much more than I expected.  Wineries were gorgeous, owners were incredibly friendly and informative. Our Guide was awesome.  Very accommodating, very knowledgeable and friendly.
"This tour combined all the qualities that an excellent tour should have: Lively information about winemaking in the Finger Lakes, personalized wine tastings with foods to match, the beauty of the Seneca Lake area, and delicious wines...What a value! "
"I liked focusing on different types of wine at each winery so I could really appreciate the subtle differences in the wines. 
"Amazing! It was so different from my other wine tour experiences.  You actually learn something from professionals about what you are experiencing."
"I was amazed with the "niceties" you provided!  I've been on many tours in many places and have never experienced anything like yours! "
"Your cheese and wine pairings are truly inspired"
"We had a wonderful time on your Wine tour .   It was just wonderful trying all those new wines and the great cheese pairings and ending with some fabulous chocolate.  Had it not been for your tour we would have never gone to those wineries and had never discovered our new favorite wines."
"It was authentic.  I've gone on wine tours many times and I learned more today than ever before."
"The whole tour was excellent - probably the best part was the quality of the guide. 
"Our experience with Experience! makes us want to return to Ithaca just to do other tours" 
"The best wine tour ever!  Great for experts and novices alike!"

Click HERE to inquire about reserving this tour.

A note to our guests:  Saturdays on the Seneca Wine Trail are the busiest days of the week.  If you are looking for a more intimate experience of the wineries we suggest considering a Sunday or a weekday for your wine trail experience if your schedule allows.

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