Rochester is the perfect base for exploring the Finger Lakes wine country which produces some of the tastiest wines in the U.S. The Finger Lakes are eleven long, narrow, finger-like lakes in central New York with breathtakingly beautiful nature and a particular climate. The great depth of some of the lakes creates a lake effect, protecting the grapes from the worst of the area winters. As a result, more than 100 wineries cropped up in the region, producing some spectacular Chardonnays, Rieslings, pinot noirs, and many others, attracting wine lovers from all over the world.
Three well organized wine trails help visitors to see and taste as much as possible, and they allow them to see up to 35 wineries. The trails often include wine and food pairing, barbecues, and festivals. Wine country also offers great restaurants, markets, breweries and distilleries, along with several excellent museums such as Corning Museum of Glass, and magnificent parks such as Watkins Glen State Park.
1 W Market St #203, Corning, NY 14830, 607-936-0706 (website)
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