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The Seneca Lake Wine Trail, situated in the heart of the Finger Lakes wine region, is one of the most popular trails, offering more than 35 wineries, cideries and breweries in a concentrated area adjacent to the 75-mile shoreline, making it easy to visit several in a daytrip. Known for its excellent riesling, the region's varietals also include chardonnay, pinot noir, cabernet franc and gewurztraminer.

Recent visitors said the Finger Lakes wine region ranks highly in comparison to well-known regions like Napa or Sonoma, and travelers loved the convenience of having a concentration of wineries in one area. Many recommended appointing a designated driver for a day of tastings and suggest researching your route in advance, as the products and quality may vary. In addition to the wineries, visitors were impressed with the cideries in the area, citing excellent hard cider and mead in particular. If you're visiting during high season (Memorial Day to Columbus Day), plan your daytrip during the week: weekends see long waits in the tasting rooms, according to travelers. Another tip from recent visitors? Most popular spots for lunch and dinner are on the east side of the lake. Doug's Fish Fry is a regional favorite.

Most wineries are open daily during high season and are marked with an official Seneca Lake Wine Trail sign. Operating hours and tasting fees may vary at each establishment, but generally, tasting rooms are open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To view an area map and upcoming events, check out the Seneca Lake Winery Association's website.

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