Sunday, October 16, 2011

Finger Lakes New York Wine Country

Laurie loves to stop at wineries…and upper New York State, especially around the Finger Lakes, is just wall to wall with them!

The combination of the beautiful lakes and the adjacent hillsides create an ideal microclimate for the vineyards.  It’s hard to believe that when I was going to prep school at DeVeaux School in Niagara Falls, (late 50's, early 60's), about the only wines you heard about that came from New York, were sweet wines, such as Mogen David. 

Well, time changes everything!  Americana Vineyards and Winery was the first of three vineyards that we checked out during our trip… There was one in New York, one in Pennsylviana and one, much later, down in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.   The Americana Winery has been in business for over 20 years.  It’s located north of Ithaca on the west side of Cayuga Lake.

This is an exterior view of the Americana Winery’s retail operations.  In addition to the expansive tasting room, the winery offers brunch, lunch and light meals at The Crystal Lake Café, shown to the left of the photo.  But, our timing was bad and although the menu was very interesting, it was just too early in the day for lunch.

For some unknown reason, we missed taking photos of three key attractions who live at this winery… We petted and talked to Ruby and Max, big Chocolate Laborador Retrievers, as well as Theo, the resident ‘boss’ cat.

Wine tasting cost $3.00 per person, allowing customers to taste eight, (8), different wines.  Laurie did the tasting and the buying…but in the time since we’ve returned from our trip, the bottle of Cabernet Franc table wine, as shown above, is the only bottle of wine remaining from our visit to this winery!

Americana Vineyards and Winery offers up to nineteen (19) different wines.  They range from dry white wines to hardy reds as well as light and fruity varieties.  Single bottle prices range from $9.99 to $19.99. (For those into chocolate, the winery also has homemade fudge for sale)
Americana Vineyards is located at 4367 East Covert Road in Interlaken New York.  Winery Phone: 607-387-6801.  Café Phone: 607-387-6804.  With the exception of key holidays, they are open year around, 7 days a week.  For more information, go to 
Just click on any photo to enlarge it…
Thanks for stopping by for a visit!
Take Care, Big Daddy Dave 


  1. I was on a lake too.Did not have too much wine as I was driving and travelling with 2 kids.Great stuff;)

  2. What beautiful photos. The Finger Lakes were a favorite destination for us when we lived on the East coast. Dave, I wanted to thank you for your visits and kind words on my blog while I was away. They were really appreciated. I hope you have a good day. Blessings...Mary