The Best Cayuga Lake Wineries to Visit

If you are planning a getaway in the Finger Lakes, you may want to purchase:

Finger Lakes Getaway Guide

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Today we’ll discuss our favorite Cayuga Lake wineries and why we liked each. A note before we start … there are many good wineries on this wine trail. We have toured all of them (we live on this 35-mile lake), and our inputs are based on our selection criteria and our travels. We have ranked our selection from the top. There are none that we would tell to avoid. Let’s get started:

Thirsty Owl Wine Company

Good wine selection and quality, but we love two other elements of this winery … its Bistro (and particularly its chef) and its gorgeous patio overlooking the vineyard and Cayuga Lake.

Sheldrake Point Winery

Another of the 6 Cayuga Wineries accessible by boat, Sheldrake Point Winery is located a mere stone’s throw from its boat dock. This is a very nice property with great wine options and several nice patios and great garden and lake views. They were the New York State Winery of the year in both 2009 and 2010 … with great staff not afraid of trying new ideas. Late in the year, they started offering wine boxes which included a bottle of wine with a selection of wine snacks for the patio.

Long Point Winery

Long Point Winery is located on the east side of Cayuga Lake on route 90 in scenic Aurora, New York. The winery sits on 72 acres overlooking the lake (too far for good views, however). This winery has great wines that are based on Finger Lakes and California grapes, not found anywhere else. One of the reasons my wife and I find the wines so good.

Goose Watch Winery

Goose Watch is a unique winery known for its setting as well as its wines. You can see the great view of the lake from the tasting room and beautiful setting. It is another of the six wineries that can be accessed by boat. You can admire one of the best views of the lake from their deck off their tasting room or their beautiful grounds.

Varick Winery and Vineyard

This winery with a little country store offers a warm and inviting atmosphere with a view of the vineyard, cherry orchard, and Cayuga Lake. Easily assessable by boat from Cayuga Lake.A unique winery that provides matching chocolates with their tasting.

Our takeaways

If you are planning a Cayuga Lake Getaway, selecting from the regions 20+ wineries and planning your trail stops ahead of time will ensure you get the best out of your tour. We have visited all of the lakes wineries and always try a repeat stop when we are in the neighborhood.



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Mike Schoultz

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