As we approach autumn’s arrival, Belhurst Castle will welcome hundreds of guests to our award-winning Finger Lakes estate who are hoping to visit the top-reviewed Seneca Lake wineries before the temperatures begin to dip. The Seneca Lake wine trail, which features nearly three dozen New York vineyards, is a popular destination for connoisseurs and beginners alike. This awe-inspiring region is known for its spectacular Finger Lakes wine tours, many of which provide tasting flights, history lessons, and a behind-the-scenes look into the vinification process.
Best Finger Lakes Wine Tours near Geneva, NY
To ensure that your next well-deserved escape to jaw-dropping Belhurst Castle is nothing short of flawless, we’ve compiled three of our favorite Finger Lakes wine tours. These three local establishments are among the best wineries on Seneca Lake. Let’s start the list with our own group tasting experience right here at Belhurst Estate Winery.
Belhurst Estate Winery
Belhurst Estate Winery provides one of the most affordable Finger Lakes wine tours as guests can savor a flight of house-made vino for just $5 per person. Not only will your group have the privilege of tasting five medal-winning wines (including a semi-dry Riesling and an aromatic, black-fruit petit Verdot) in a historic, lake-view castle, but you’ll learn about winemaking, grape varietals, and palate development during your 30-minute tour. We highly recommend that all guests enroll in a food and wine pairing dinner—these lavish, six-course gourmet dinners evolve with the changing seasons.
Three Brothers Wineries
Naturally, the next stop on the Finger Lakes wine trail is Three Brothers Wineries, located straight across Seneca Lake in the quiet Geneva countryside. Three Brothers has four tasting rooms, one of which is a trendy microbrewery. A $20 tasting passport provides visitors with access to all four tasting rooms. You’ll be presented with a sample at each tasting room, all of which are within walking distance of each other. This helpful brochure outlines the unique tasting rooms: Stony Lonesome Wine Cellars, Passion Feet Wine Barn, and Bagg Dare Wine Company. Three Brothers prides itself on offering “something different at every turn,” and it’s a whole lot of fun!
Fox Run Vineyards
The last stop on the Seneca wine trail is Fox Run Vineyards, home to yet another one of the most popular Finger Lakes wine tours. Fox Run, unlike many other nearby Finger Lakes vineyards, provides hourly $5 tours every day of the week (all year long). This 45-minute walking tour meanders through their lush, peaceful vineyard where you’ll learn about viticulture, winemaking, and the history of Fox Run. After the tour, stop in the tasting room to savor a $5 flight of wine (featuring five unique varietals). Fox Run is straight south of Belhurst Castle on the northeast edge of Penn Yan.