Two wineries. Owners Perspectives. Extended visits. Expanded Tastings. Artisan Foods. And a beer tasting flight with lunch at a local craft brewery! Eastside of Cayuga Lake is known for its hidden treasures. Come discover them with us on this exclusive tour.
Winter, Wine, and Lunch
Winter, Wine, and Lunch Tour
On this tour, guests have the opportunity to experience some of the best wine from the region in an intimate setting. The wineries for your tour will be selected based on availability and timing and will include three producers, an interactive guided tour, curated wine selections, experiential food pairings, and a locally-sourced lunch. For more information on which wineries we visit for this tour, please see the drop-down below.
Our first stop will include an interactive vineyard or production tour. You will learn about the process of making wine from soil to grape to bottle. After the tour you will have a curated tasting experience with a senior tasting room associate, owner or winemaker. Vineyard tours are subject to weather. Production tours may include live-action work currently happening in the cellar.
After your tour and tasting experience, you will be hosted for a locally-sourced lunch with seasonal flavors ready to warm you from the inside out.
After lunch we will visit two other wineries for guided tastings curated with at least one experiential pairing ranging from artisan cheese to locally crafted chocolate. You will be fully immersed in the warmth of stunning food and wine pairings.
Once a tour begins to book, partners will be selected for that day. The names of the partners will be added in the booking calendar. Due to the natural variability of the off-season these may be subject to change.
(as needed additional lunch destinations may be incorporated into the tour)
Depending on the pick-up locations selected and the partner availability 3 of the following producers will be included:
On Cayuga Lake
Buttonwood Grove Winery has been owned by Dave and Melissa Pittard since 2014. They host us beautifully any time of year with a private, behind-the-scenes tour of the vineyard and/or winemaking process. After your tour, you will experience a private tasting, featuring a curated wine list with a local cheese pairing. They may even be our lunch stop!
The Finger Lakes Cider House is located on Good Life Farm, a 69-acre ecological farm owned and run Garrett Miller. Enjoy a 100% locally sourced lunch. For some of our tours, their knowledgeable staff will also host a tasting and share the mission of their farm as you learn about cider making.
At Sheldrake Point Winery enjoy the sights from their beautiful lakefront tasting room while sampling their wines, ranging from exquisitely crafted Rieslings to their proprietary red blends. Each wine is paired with local charcuterie, and the tasting ends with their traditionally made, internationally recognized, wonderfully sweet ice wine.
Bet The Farm is the boutique winery of owner and winemaker Nancy Tisch and owner and general manager Kit Kalfs. It is a wonderful stop with great views, amazing hospitality and fabulous wines. Being hosted by an owner is amplified by their stories and masterfully curated pairings. Savor some of their first vintages of estate wines as well as their award winning blends.
On Seneca Lake:
Experience a special production tour at Damiani Wine Cellars. Be captivated by an elevated, private wine tasting paired with locally-made, hand-crafted chocolate, carefully curated to match Damiani’s award-winning red and white varietal wines. Damiani is known for consistently having some of the best red wines in the region.
At Lakewood Vineyards the concept of a family winery and vineyard is felt throughout their space. You will learn about the process of making wine from soil to grape to bottle to wine glass. They will provide a vineyard and or production tour that will guide you through the evolution of their family-run vineyards and winery. After the tour you will have a curated tasting experience with a member of the Lakewood family. Owned by the Stamp family since the 1950’s you will benefit from their family knowledge of agriculture as well as wine producing while you sip their wines from the deck or tasting room.
Barnstormer Winery is a unique stop with a welcoming feel. You will be enveloped by their hospitality and personal touches. Located in a historic barn with roots stemming back to the early 1800′s, Barnstormer is small boutique winery producing exclusive, small-batch vinifera wines. You will enjoy their lounge and a guided flight with their knowledgable team.
Another stunning flight of wines waits for you at Flatt Rock Cellars. Owners Dave and Darla Flatt will greet you in the tasting room or barrel room. Dave then guides you through a tasting that celebrates the winemaking-style of France, particularly beautiful bottle-aged reds. A locally-made chocolate is paired with a specially-selected red wine to showcase the magic of a carefully curated wine pairing.
This tour is available in three different options:
Shared Tour: Small, guided experience for up to 7 guests (2-3 different households) with knowledgeable wine professional tour guide. This is the enhanced shared group experience for which we are known, now in an extra small format.
Traditional Private Tour: The high-quality experience you have come to expect in an E!FLX tour, now available as a private experience for 2-7 people. Comes with $15 of “Bottle Bucks” per person, which serves as cash towards wine purchases at all stops.
Premium Private Tour Upgrade: All the enhanced features of our traditional private tour (including “Bottle Bucks”) with upgraded premium tastings at each winery. Tastings will feature limited library and reserve wines not typically offered to the public. You can upgrade your Traditional Private Tour to a Premium Private Tour for an additional $50 per person.
Want to get even more out of your private tour? Premium Private Tours offer the option to have a certified sommelier serve as your tour guide for the ultimate experience!
*Please note that on occasions, not all of these options will be available.
- All-inclusive wine tour experience for 2-7 guests
- Transportation provided in our 7-passenger Mercedes Metris
- Vineyard and winemaking tour at a winery (weather dependent)
- Private, fully-curated, enhanced, tasting experiences at each winery
- An experiential food pairing at each winery
- Locally-sourced lunch
- Added services including water and snacks onboard your vehicle
The following locations are available for pick up and drop off on our Shared Tours:
- 9:15 AM La Tourelle Hotel & Spa, 1150 Danby Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850
- 9:30 AM Hotel Ithaca, 222 S. Cayuga St., Ithaca, NY 14850
- 10:15 AM Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, 16 North Franklin St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891
On private tours we provide custom pick-up and drop-off at your preferred location (additional fees may apply).
All Shared Tours require a minimum of 4 total guests in order to run the tour at the listed price. These tours will typically consist of 2-3 separate parties joining together in a shared experience, offering exceptional value for couples and small groups.
In the event that the 4 guest minimum is not met, we will contact you one week prior to the scheduled date where you will be offered the following options depending on the number of guests currently booked:
- Switch to the Traditional Private Tour when there are only 2-3 guests who want to experience at the most personalized level.
- Reschedule the tour for a future date at no penalty
- Cancel the reservation and receive a full refund
- Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or special considerations, and we will do our best to accommodate.
- All guests are required to verify they have read and understood our Assumption of Risk Waiver.