Famous for Rieslings and Gewurtztraminer, the Finger Lakes area is the second largest wine-producing region in the US. With more than 80 vintners producing unique selections, you are sure to find a bottle of something to bring home.
On the other side of the lake from our bed and breakfast New York is the Wilhelmus Estate Winery. The Winery is new but the recipes for the wine are from the “old world”. Wilhelmus Kuenen, a Dutch immigrant, brought his family to the States when his son Boud was 7 years old. Wilhelmus started making wine in 1958. He became a very serious wine maker after his retirement in the 1970’s, winning awards across the Northeast. Boud and Karen Kuenen opened the winery in 2007 and named the winery in memory of Boud’s father, the original Vintner.
Give them a call (585) 394-2860 to find out when they will be giving wine tastings.
At Sonnenberg Garden and Mansion State Historic Park, you will find the Finger Lakes wine center. On most days you can taste between 10-15 different wines that rotate through their tasting bar. They have over 40 wines from partner vintners and delicious gourmet food selections. In downtown Canandaigua, they are only about 12 miles from our Finger Lakes Inn. All of their tasting selections are made with New York grapes, and they have several private label wines offered by Sonnenberg directly. Their tasting room hours change throughout the year, so make sure to give them a call before heading over: (585) 394-9016.
Exploring the natural bounty of our region is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. If you have more questions about wine tours and Finger Lakes wineries, please don’t hesitate to contact our Upstate New York bed and breakfast.