Finger Lakes Region, NY

Posted on: July 29th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

Bordered by two well larger cities – Rochester and Syracuse – the Finger Lakes Region is remarkably little known by Americans and, even more surprisingly, by New Yorkers.

The tiny, finger like lakes that streak through the rolling hills and sloping vineyards make the region ideal for boating and summer fun, as well as making it an ideal location for winemaking.

The Finger Lakes Region is New York’s largest area of wine production, with close to 100 wineries operating in the area, many of which are open to the public.The area is especially known for Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, Pinot noir, Seyval blanc, Riesling, Cabernet Franc, and Videl blanc as well as several American varietals.

It is also home to two of America’s oldest wineries The Pleastant Valley Wine Company on Keuka Lake, which opened in 1860, and O-Neh-Da Vineyard on Hemlock Lake, which opened in 1872.

This region has a rich and interesting history that lends to its charm and beauty.  Prior to European colonization it was a central part of the Iroquois homeland. In the 19th century it was right in the middle of the Second Great Awakening that swept over New England.  Several Underground Railroad sites have been documented throughout the region. Seneca Falls is the birthplace of both the women’s suffrage movement and the LDS Church.  In more recent history, the Finger Lakes Region was the birthplace of CorningWare!

The Finger Lakes region offers fabulous boating, fishing, hiking and more, and is well known for its outdoor recreation.  It’s also well known for its excellent wineries, and enthralling history.  So whether you are looking for an adventurous vacation or something more relaxing, there is something in this delightful area for you!


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