Finger Lakes’ 9 Most Wonderful Wineries for White Wine

We have a lot of W’s there for good reason, given it’s Winter and We’re Wondering When Spring will come and the temperature goes up. But until then, we enjoy the cold, lustrous ice age against anything author Anton Chekov would say about the season with some white wine, crisp like the cold, in the heart of the Finger Lakes of New York.

But Where Can We Get Such White Wine?

Try these nine wineries, sending the sweet chills up and down your spine:

  • Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars — the owner of Chateau Frank in Hammondsport, NY, knows wine. Plain and simple. As the founder of his cellars, you’d be astonished to know that he himself has proven you can, in fact, make the classic European viniferawhite wine Finger Lakes wines even in the cold snap of the Finger Lakes. Check out Dr. Frank’s wine right here.

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  • Ravines Wine Cellars — If there’s one thing the Finger Lakes has (besides the snow and ice), it’s the ambience reminiscent of that strong French flair, only with white wine quiet Provencal wit. Plus it helps that the Ravines Wine Cellars were recently named one of the world’s top 100 wineries by Wine Spectator magazine. We’re pretty sure their white wine’s stellar in the cellar.
  • Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars — What do you get when you mix Greek with the quiet still of a winter’s morning in Finger Lakes? You Get Lamoreaux Landing, a winery built like the veritable Parthenon on top of a hill overlooking the most stunning spectacles and producing the most elegant of white wines. Hercules himself would love it.
  • Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard — Let’s head over to Germany now with this vineyard just across from Dr. Frank’s, hailing as the king of Riesling as would be expected in all of Deutschland. But the white wine here is spectacular. Are there any doubts on this? Niet. Check out Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard right here.
  • Sheldrake Point Winery — Right on the water’s edge, white wine especially refreshes here off the western shore of Cayuga Lake with just a smattering of experimentation and discover. That’s what true white wine — and wine all around — is all about now, isn’t it? Learn more about Sheldrake today.
  • Prejean Winery — Quite possibly the best way to get a good winery going, especially in the hard winter of the Finger Lakes, is to simply have a dream and make it a reality. James and Elizabeth Prejean had that dream in California until making a business trip over to NY where both decided to retire in the heart of the Finger Lakes, transforming 53 acres into a winery honored to have the name Prejean. Come take a look and experience the ambience.
  • Casa Larga Vineyards — Who knew that this man, Andrew Colaruotolo, wanted to pursue wine making as a hobby, only for his vineyard to earn silver and gold medals in its very first competition back in 1978. Hailing from Italy, this is definitely bringing the Tuscan into the tundra of the Finger Lakes in NY, and we can’t say enough about the white wine here. See for yourself.
  • Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards — Family traditions run deep, especially when it involves wine, all sorts of wine — white wine, red wine, you name it. 153 acres also run deep for these vineyards filled with fruit trees, memories, and Jerry and Elaine Hazlitt building the stories about the latest Sauvignon Blanc around one of those cute little Finger Lakes restaurant. See more stories here.
  • Keuka Spring Vineyards — Last (but definitely not least), the Keuka Spring Vineyards bring you that cold freshness of the Finger Lakes, and the white wine doesn’t disappoint at all. Meet Len and Judy Wiltberger, the founders of Keuka Springs — and they’re inviting you to their tasting room where you can easily see that this is a family loving everything about wine.

One thing’s for sure: you’re not limited in your choice for white wine with these selections.

This Makes the Finger Lakes Our Best Take on Winter White Wine

Come to think of it…. White wine’s great in any season. Just ask the owners of these vineyards yourself! They’ll say the exact same thing. With a lot of W’s, most likely.



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