Westside Wines and Waterfalls

Quick Details

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Tour Time: 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Tour Availability:
    • Please call us at 607-233-4818 for availability
  • Inclusions:
    • Transportation
    • Tasting fees
    • Added services
    • Special food pairings

Your Westside Wines and Waterfalls Tour Itinerary

Discover the beauty and serenity of Ithaca and Cayuga Lake as we get a back-scenes look at two craft wineries followed by a view of the majestic Taughannock Falls.

We first stop at Ports of New York, where Frédéric Bouché continues the tradition of winemaking that his father started in Normandy, France. Learn how Frédéric makes his elegant white and red wines and ports, share in an intimate tasting paired with selected items, and explore his family’s history of winemaking in France through his personal museum collection.

The next stop is a visit to the boutique Bet the Farm Winery. Nancy Tisch and her husband Kit Kalfs have been making wine in the Finger lakes since 2006, but just recently moved to the west side of Cayuga Lake where they have planted their own vineyards. At their Big Blue winery, guests will be treated to a private tank sampling where you will taste wines right out of the tanks and barrels as you learn about the art and science behind winemaking. In the tasting room, you will discover Nancy’s passion for producing wines from lesser known varietals like Traminette, Gamay and Dornfelder. The tasting will feature a carefully-selected wine and cheese pairing designed to show off the food-friendly nature of their wines.

The tour culminates with a trip to the beautiful Taughannock Falls overlook. Standing at 215 feet high, it is the tallest waterfall drop in the Eastern U.S. and is sure to take your breath away.

Important Info

  • 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.
  • If you are a group of 8 or more, we can host you on this tour as part of our Private Tour Bundle Package. Please visit our Private Wine Tours page to view more information!
  • Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or special considerations, and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Departure Locations

  • La Tourelle Hotel & Spa, 1150 Danby Rd., Ithaca NY
  • The Hotel Ithaca, 222 South Cayuga St, Ithaca NY