We were looking forward to exploring the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, but first we checked out the town of Watkins Glen.
We made our way to the visitor center and picked up a Wine Trail map to review while having lunch. We headed to the Wildflower Café which was just down the street.
I had read the reviews on trip advisor and checked out the menu online ahead of time. I was ready to order only to find out what I wanted to order, was not available. The menu online is not the current menu, so we ended up selecting something else. J ordered a burger and I ordered a turkey Panini. J ordered the sweet potato fries for an extra $3 instead of the potato chips. The food was good, but did not feel that the sweet potato fries were worth paying an extra $3.
With our belly’s full, we made our way to the wine trail. We decided to do the West side of Seneca Lake first and save the east side for Saturday. There were so many wineries we did not know where to begin.
Our first stop was Magnus Ridge Winery.
As you walk in the door the wine glass chandler catches your eye.
There was an elegant wine tasting room, which could accommodate large groups.
Magnus Winery allowed me to sample their only two semi-sweet wines they offer without charge. The taste of the wine was not what I was looking for. The server then recommend other wineries that specialized in the sweet wines. Now that was great customer service. We ran into this type of service all around the Watkins Glen area, which is amazing.
One of the recommendation was to visit Lakewood Vineyards, as they offered Iced Wine as part of the wine tasting. So we got back into the car and headed to Lakewood Vineyards.
The costs for wine tasting at Lakewood was only $3. They give you a token, and if you buy a bottle of wine, you get your $3 back. We were able to select from a list of five wines which included an Iced Wine. See listing of wines that were included in our tasting below.
Usually there is an extra charge to taste Iced Wines. At Lakewood Winery it was included in the tasting. We really enjoyed all the wines, but decided to buy the Glaciovinum 2012 Iced Wine from Lakewood Winery.
We stopped at Fulkerson Winery, Fruit Yard, Villa Bellangelo and Torrey Ridge Winery before calling it a day and heading to our hotel. We had plans to go to Corning Glass for family night from 6-8 p.m., which I read online before our trip.
We returned on Saturday and made our way around the rest of the wine trail. Saturday was very crowded, with buses and large groups at the wineries. It was much nicer on Friday, as there were not very many people visiting the wineries, and we had better service.
There is a charge for the wine tasting which ran between $3 and $5. Sometimes they applied your tasting charge to your purchase. Others did not or only applied a portion of the charge if you purchased a bottle of wine. You can bring a picnic lunch and sit outside with a bottle of wine and enjoy the views. This is a great way to spend a weekend.
Both days we stopped at Scuteri’s Cannoli Connection and ordered two cannoli’s. We took them outside and sat on the bench and enjoyed eating them. They were delicious. No wonder they are the number one restaurant on trip advisor for Watkins Glen. If you like cannoli, don’t miss this place.
We made it around Seneca Lake, but there are several more lakes and wineries left to explore in the area. Just another reason to return for a long weekend and purchase some more great tasting wines.