Wineries & Wine Bars
Did you know New York State is the country's third-largest wine-producing state? Just south of Rochester, the Finger Lakes area is the state's central wine region and is considered by some "the Sonoma of the East." The region’s pure, sparkling glacial lakes and its gentle hillsides have their own micro-climate making it ideal for growing grapes. In fact, our Rieslings have gained a world-class reputation having won multiple gold medals.
Go For a Tasting Tour
If you’re looking for a wine tour, the area boasts wine trails that lead to more than 100 wineries dotting the Finger Lakes region.
Plan a visit to the wineries in the Finger Lakes with the help of the official wine trails for the various lakes, including the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, Keuka Lake Wine Trail and Seneca Lake Wine Trail. Beginning just minutes from downtown Rochester, the Lake Ontario Wine Trail spans across beautiful Wayne County. The tour stops at boutique wineries, a state-of-the-art distillery, top-rated restaurants, unique shops and bountiful farm markets.
The ROC/FLX Craft Beverage Trail is a partnership of wineries, breweries, distilleries and cider makers throughout the Rochester and Finger Lakes region. The trail produces an annual tasting expo and has also developed a passport to help you taste your way through the region.
Crush Beer & Wine Tours offer an all-inclusive wine tour that includes transportation, tasting fees, breathtaking views, educated tours and lunch at the New York Wine and Culinary Center.
In addition to wineries and wine trails in the Finger Lakes, taste wines, both local and from around the world at a tasting room or and wine bar right here in Rochester. View the full list of wine bars and tasting rooms in Monroe County here.
Order a Glass
For more than 35 years, the Colaruotolo family has been committed to producing superior, award-winning wines at their Casa Larga vineyards. The award-winning vineyard and pioneer winery is just a 15-minute drive south of downtown. In addition to their Italian-inspired wines, Casa Larga also offers ice wines. Annually in September, Casa Larga hosts the Purple Foot Festival where visitors can stomp grapes, and of course, taste wine.
Nestled in the city’s Neighborhood of the Arts, is Rochester’s first urban winery, Living Roots Wine & Co. Paying homage to their roots, the vintners source grapes from different vineyards and growers from vastly different corners of the globe: the Finger Lakes and the regions surrounding Adelaide, Australia. Stop by for a taste or a bottle to take home.
New York Kitchen in Canandaigua Lake showcases some of New York's finest in wine, craft beer, food, and agricultural fare. In the tasting room, you can taste and enjoy wine and beer from all over the state, learn about wine pairings, take a cooking class with top chefs in their state-of-the-art kitchens, or simply indulge in a tasty meal at NYK Cafe.