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5 of the best Finger Lakes wine tours

by Paul Stafford  |  Published July 24, 2020

One might not expect a fertile wine-producing region to be located so far north in the US, but the unique ecoregion known as Finger Lakes is home to over 100 wineries. These eleven thin lakes that span from the southern shore of Lake Ontario like crow’s feet are deep, narrow expanses of water, much like the lochs or fjords of northern Europe. Their steep banks enjoy enough moisture and protection from the elements to allow vineyards to thrive there. Lately, tours to the Finger Lakes have been growing in popularity, not least because they allow somebody else to take care of the driving so that you can focus on the most important thing: wine tasting.

The Finger Lakes are surrounded by well known towns and cities in New York state like Rochester, Syracuse and Buffalo. Therefore, tours from these spots are the most popular, although some may also start from further afield. Many of the wineries can be found around Keuka, Seneca, Hemlock and Canandaigua lakes, although there are many more around most of the other lakes too. With a huge selection of wineries, tour packages and itineraries to choose from, making the right choice for you can involve time consuming research. That’s why we’ve curated them into this simple list of the best five, taking factors like, duration, itinerary, quality of the wineries and feedback from previous guests all into account.