Winter in Finger Lakes

Posted on: December 30th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

Sitting between the major cities of Rochester and Syracuse lies the under-appreciated gem of New York State known as the Finger Lakes Region.

While the tiny, finger like lakes that steak through the rolling hills of this region make it a great summer destination, the Finger Lakes Region is a wonderful place to visit at all times of the year.

Winter affords a wonderful opportunity to see those same gorgeous used for boating and fishing in summer, paved over with ice and frost.  The vineyards become a frozen wonderland perfect for providing one of the region’s delicacies – ice wines.

There are close to 100 wineries operating in the Finger Lakes Region, making it New York’s largest area of wine production.  Many of these wineries are open to the public, allowing anyone to come taste the wines produced in the area.  The Finger Lakes Region is especially known for Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, Pinot noir, Seyval blanc, Riesling, Cabernet Franc, and Videl blanc.  It’s also well known for ice wine, a sweet dessert wine produced from grapes which have been frozen while still on the vine.

The Finger Lakes Region isn’t just home to great wine.  It’s also filled with lots of great history waiting to be explored.  It was right in the middle of the Second Great Awakening, which swept over New England in the 19th century.  The Underground Railroad ran through the region, and it was the birthplace of the women’s suffrage movement and the LDS Church.

In winter, Finger Lakes offers snowshoeing, skiing, ice fishing, and more! It’s the perfect place to experience any of your favorite winter activities, and it’s all in the heart of wine country!


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