Planning a New York Winery Vacation
Imagine traveling right beside a magnificent lake created by glaciers more than 10,000 years ago. This long and narrow lake winds along beautiful hillsides. Suddenly, a sign of a boutique winery appears.
While entering the winery, your senses acknowledge a welcoming invitation with the alluring décor and hospitable management. You immediately know that this is indeed a special place. Representing a genuinely unspoiled vacation area in the United States, New York’s Finger Lakes, located between New York City and Niagara Falls, is a must-see. This countryside is dotted with wineries. Many award-winning vineyards surround the lakes, offering many wine-tasting tours guaranteed to provide a relaxing weekend.
Keuka Spring Vineyards is a well-kept secret in the Finger Lakes. Exceptional wines, deserving the recognition of regularly winning medals, including the most coveted Governor’s Cup, are produced from these vineyards. The history of the winery is very enlightening and entertaining, and helps make this a special place where you will return to and share with special friends.
Long Island prides itself with 60 enchanting vineyards and wineries alongside awe-inspiring scenery. Wine connoisseurs will delight in Long Island’s wineries with their delectable wines, as well as enjoy its beautiful landscapes. The size of the vineyards varies, with some boasting more than 500 acres, producing a variety of wines from the conventional merlot and chardonnay to the more ambiguous riesling and dolcetto. A tour of the wineries is a great way to spend the day, with the misty mornings and ocean breeze, so taste and enjoy your way through the charming Long Island Wine Country.
If you are up for a more high-end experience, Bedell Cellars receives the highest marks from most wine aficionados, as well as wine publications. Bedell is known for its merlot, which is quite possibly Long Island’s signature variety. Its split mezzanine is the ideal place for sipping your favorite wines, as well as experiencing some new varieties. Inside Bedell, the owner’s art collection is on display for your pleasure.
For the romantics, Paumanok Vineyards features a cozy boutique overlooking the vines while surrounded by plentiful bottles of fine wine. Situated in a converted old barn, Master Robert Parker promises a delightful experience. Let it be known, the Master is quite proud of his 2003 Riesling Late Harvest and 2004 Merlot Grand Vintage, as well as many other wines. You will want to share this occasion with that special someone.
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