Our Favorite Spots Along the Seneca Lake Wine Trail

During our time in the Finger Lakes, I was {very} pleasantly surprised to find out about all the amazing wineries, breweries + distilleries located right along the lake. I had no idea there were so many fabulous spots to spend the afternoon, enjoying the views of Lake Seneca while enjoying a glass of wine or a beer.

Such a nice way to spend the early evening, especially after a long hike!

Who am I kidding? I don’t need a reason to check out any wineries or breweries! I love to try new wines and beers – especially when traveling to new places! It’s such a great way to get a taste {or a sip} of the local scene + vibe.

So today I wanted to share with you a few of our favorite places that we checked out during our week on Seneca Lake! I’m going to go in no particular order of where places we really enjoyed!

First Up – J.R. Dill Winery

This is the only place we went to TWICE! You know its good when you go back for more, even when there are so many other places to try! When we went into this winery, I was immediately blown away by the gorgeous sea glass bar! The man behind the bar told me he and his wife have been collecting sea glass from Seneca Lake for the past 30 {maybe 40?} years! And that this was their collection – it was gorgeous! His son is the owner of the winery and it was a really nice story to hear! Plus it was absolutely breathtaking.

I also loved these custom made Seneca Lake wine bottle holders – cool right?

The wine at J.R. Dill was also amazing – one of my favorite for sure.

You should know, I enjoy a nice glass of Rosè {preferably with bubbles} and a dry red wine. I’m not much into white wines or sweet wines at all – so take that into consideration – because I pretty much only tried the reds at each place. There were 4 types of reds to try at J.R. Dill and they were all delicious and super reasonably priced.

My favorite was the Dechaunac – a wine I had never tried before but LOVED!

Next up is Atwater Vineyards.

We did a tasting here which was really delicious – they had some bubbles + rose here that I really enjoyed, along with some nice reds – even bought some of each to take home {so you know I REALLY liked it!} BUT my favorite part about this gorgeous winery is the amazing view.

Check it out:

In this area of the Seneca Lake region there is a main road – RT 414 – that separates the mountain in half. We tried to hit up the wineries on the side of the lake because this view just can’t be beat.

Vineyards + the lake in perfect view.

Doesn’t get much better than that.


If you are in the area definitely add Atwater to your list.

It’s gorgeous and delicious.

Next up and actually next door to Atwater is Chateau La Fayette Reneau Winery.

We were driving by a separate day and loved the view at Atwater so much we decided to test out the wine at it’s neighbors. Luckily the wine and the view did not disappoint! This location is nice to note because many of the wineries in this area close at 5pm, but Chateau La Fayette Reneau stays open until 6pm, which is a nice little bonus if you are in the area and want to check out one last spot {with a gorgeous view} And again, the wine was very delicious!

Less than a mile away from Atwater & Chateau La Fayette Reneau is Ryan William Vineyard – which looks brand spankin’ new and was recommended to me by a few readers, so of course we had to check it out! The wines here are some of our favorites of the trip – the tasting menu for the different ones were all very delicious and the inside of the barn was spacious and gorgeous!

Our next stop on the winery trail was a little out of our neighborhood for the week – midway up on the West side of Cayuga Lake to be exact. Thirsty Owl was recommended to us by a friend and after a day hiking in Ithaca, it wasn’t far away, so we decided to check it out.

I’m glad we did because it was so nice to get some view of another one of the Finger Lakes – Cayuga!

This winery was different in that all the others in that it had a bistro attached with a full menu. Outdoor seating with this gorgeous lake view and a yummy meal? Sign me up! We ordered a few appetizers to share and they were delicious! Would love to go back for a full dinner !

Last stop on our tour of the wineries is Standing Stone Vineyard – the last winery we hit up before heading home! This place was gorgeous with great views, on the lake side and more delicious reds! This vineyard was great because there was so much space for the boys to run around and play while we all enjoyed our wine and the views! Can’t argue with that!

Six wineries in 6 days {and one we went to twice!} – I’m proud of all our hard work!! Ha! And this doesn’t even count the breweries we visited {more on that later!}

Have you ever been to a winery in the Finger Lakes? I’d love to hear which one and what you though!

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  • Reply Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims August 10, 2017 at 9:53 am

    I am staying on Seneca lake in September for a long weekend so this is perfect! Thanks for the recommendations!

  • Reply Patty August 11, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Great recap of our wine tour – missing the wines and lake already!

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