Vinifera Wines of the Seneca Lake Banana Belt


Come discover some of the finest wines in the Finger Lakes. On this tour, you explore the wineries of the southeast shore of Seneca Lake – a region known as the “Banana Belt”, due to its extra-ordinary microclimate. The “terroir” of this region is ideal for growing the famous vinifera grapes of Europe.

The tour begins with a private vineyard tour and barrel tasting at Standing Stone Vineyards, where you taste wine right out of the barrels, learning about the process of creating the distinctive flavors of these famous varieties. You head to the tasting room, where you experience the current bottled vintages of these varieties, as well as some other special wines paired with local cheese.

Next, we will visit Chateau Lafayette Reneau. Here, enjoy a spectacular view with equally spectacular wines, including their Reisling, a multiple recipient of the Governor’s Cup for the best singular wine in New York State. Experience multiple local pairings to enhance the wine experience.

Last stop is at one of the hippest wineries on Seneca Lake: Barry Family Cellars. Founded in 2011 and opening their tasting room in 2016, Barry specializes in small batch vinifera wines, and are reflective of the new ‘natural wines’ style of minimal manipulation to showcase place and vintage. We will pair Lively Run chèvre with these character-filled wines.

Join us on this tour of spectacular lake vistas and extraordinary wine and food!

Price: $109.00 per person. This price includes the transportation, tasting fees, added services, and special food pairings. All tours are public tours and require a minimum of 5 total guests in order to run the tour at the listed price. Alternate pricing and touring options are available for tours that do not meet this minimum.

A 12% service charge will be added to reservations with 8 or more guests. If you book online, you will receive an updated confirmation email containing that extra charge within 2 business days. If you have any questions you can reach our office at 607-233-4818, Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM.

Departure Locations:  (This tour runs from 1pm-6pm – please note the time the tour starts depends on your pick-up time)

  • La Tourelle Hotel and Spa, 1150 Danby Road, Ithaca NY
  • The Hotel Ithaca, 222 S. Cayuga Street, Ithaca NY
  • Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, 16 North Franklin St, Watkins Glen NY

**Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or special considerations, and we will do our best to accommodate you. Experience! The Finger Lakes and our partners will make every effort to accommodate dietary restrictions; however, there is no guarantee that we will be able to accommodate all food intolerances/special diets due to the special food pairings we provide with the tastings. It is the guest’s responsibility to let Experience! The Finger Lakes know if they have any food allergies or restrictions when they book a tour. In some cases, we may be able to switch out food selections for you.**

(607) 233-4818

Experience! The Finger Lakes, LLC
PO Box 3787, Ithaca NY 14852