The town of Hector, New York lies in the scenic and picturesque Upstate region of the Finger Lakes. Thanks to its location in the Finger Lakes Wine Country, there are no shortage of vineyards to see and winery tasting rooms to visit to sample some of the region’s excellent and award-winning wines. In addition to many great wineries and idyllic vineyards, Hector also boasts many unique shops, such as Hector Handmade featuring items handmade by more than forty local artisans. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
© Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
Part of the award-winning New York Seneca Lake Wine Trail, the Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards in Hector is a place where people can get a true sense of the winery with a visit to its tasting room. The winery believes its tasting rooms, both the one in Hector and Naples, capture the good times and good friends spirit that the “vineyard is all about.” Both locations offer something unique. The Hazlitt family has been part of the Hectory community since 1852 and the owners of the Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards wouldn’t rather be anywhere else. Wines include red, white, bubbly wines, and more.
5712 NY-414, Hector, NY 14841, Phone: 607-546-9463
2.Chateau Lafayette Reneau, Hector, NY
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The Chateau Lafayette Reneau has been producing estate-grown vinifera wines for more than thirty-five years in the Finger Lakes town of Hector, New York. The over 100-acre vineyard provides optimal air flow and sun exposure for full-bodied, rich red wines and aromatic white wines. The tasting room is housed inside a century-old, fully restored barn, set against a backdrop of the picturesque Seneca Lake. There is also a pleasant outdoor garden in which guests can enjoy their wine. Visitors can do a wine tasting year-round, open Thursday to Tuesday from May through October and Thursday to Sunday from November through April.
5081 NY-414, Hector, NY 14841, Phone: 607-546-2062
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3.Leidenfrost Vineyards, Hector, New York
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Leidenfrost Vineyards, established in 1990, was one of the first wineries in the Finger Lakes Wine Country to offer a wide spectrum of dry wines, such as Baco Noir, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Pinot Noir. The small family-owned and operated winery also produces Niagara, Catawba, Cayuga White, Gewurztraminer, Riesling, and several other white varieties. The friendly and knowledgeable staff at the tasting room strive to provide a unique wine tasting experience for all guests, both first-time and regular visitors, within a relaxing environment in the timber-frame building. The tasting room also offers spectacular views of Seneca Lake.
5677 NY-414, Hector, NY 14841, Phone: 607-546-2800
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4.Hector Wine Company, Hector, New York
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The wine portfolio of the Hector Wine Company represents a deep commitment to producing wines reflective of the winery’s centuries old farm known as Sawmill Creek Vineyards. With this commitment, the company handcraft each and every wine it offers, handpicking the grapes in the vineyard, as well as hand sorting at the winery. The winery mainly does varietal bottlings, with some in barrels and others in stainless steel. Locals and tourists alike in Hector, New York can stop by the tasting room at Hector Wine Company for a wine tasting to sample many of the unique, high quality wines.
5610 NY-414, Hector, NY 14841, Phone: 607-387-1045
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5.Bloomer Creek Vineyard, Hector, New York
Bloomer Creek Vineyard, situated on the eastern shores of Seneca Lake, is an artist-driven, small vineyard and winery that crafts some of the region’s best wines. Owners Debra Bermingham and Kim Engle specialize in making “new school wines” using Old World traditions, producing wines “with a sense of adventure.” Bloomer Creek Vineyard offers several different wine varietals, such as Riesling, Chenin Blanc, Grüner Veltliner, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Franc. A quickly growing winery and one of the leaders of the natural wine movement, Bloomer Creek doesn’t use any pesticide or herbicides, minimal sulfur, does all hand picking, and uses natural fermentation methods.
5301 NY-414, Hector, NY 14841, Phone: 607-546-5027
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6.Bagley's Poplar Ridge Vineyards, Hector, NY
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Bagley's Poplar Ridge Vineyards offers a friendly and rustic atmosphere for guests to enjoy a variety of wines that are served without any pretentiousness and are fun to drink. Wine tastings are available seven days a week, inviting visitors to choose five different wines as their wine tasting flight. Servers guide guests through their selections and are more than happy to discuss wines and make suggestions. The forty-acre farm consists of more than a dozen varietals of German and French vinifera, as well as French and American hybrids chose to add more of a variety to Poplar Ridge’s wine list.
9782 NY-414, Hector, NY 14841, Phone: 607-582-6421
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7.Penguin Bay Winery, Hector, New York
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Penguin Bay Winery in Hector, New York offers a fun assortment of premium wines along Route 414 in the Finger Lakes region. Wine enthusiasts come from all over the United States to sample the unique selection of cool-climate, award-winning wines, ranging from the infamous sweet Tuxedo Red and the dry Lemberger-Pinot Noir to the sweet Moscato and dry Pinot Grigio. Visitors can try Moscato, Cabernet Franc, Riesling, Pinot Grigio, and Gewürztraminer, along with a few sparkling wines from sister wineries. Guests can also bring snacks or a picnic lunch to eat at the picnic site overlooking the vineyards and Seneca Lake.
6075 NY-414, Hector, NY 14841, Phone: 607-546-5115
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8.Red Newt Cellars, Hector, New York
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Red Newt Cellars offers wine tastings, wines by the glass, and wines by the bottle for guests to sip either in the tasting rooms or outdoors on one of the decks. In addition to the wine, Red Newt Cellars also serves a small menu of small bites and light fare that pair well with the wine choices. The winery produces a full lineup of different single vineyard wines, as well as a focus on Rieslings, Pinot Gris, and Gewürztraminer. A variety of red wines are also made at the winery, such as Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc.
3675 Tichenor Rd, Hector, NY 14841, Phone: 607-546-4100
9.Hector Handmade, Hector, New York
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Hector Handmade is a one-of-a-kind gallery and gift shop in the Finger Lakes region of New York. The shop represents more than forty local makers that reside within a thirty-mile radius of this historic 1930’s renovated gas station in the town of Hector. The Bead Bar lets guests make their own jewelry and regular workshops are also hosted at the gallery’s shared studio space. Hector Handmade regularly hosts an array of events, such as the monthly artist reception with featured artists’ works on display along the rotating gallery wall. The unique art shop is typically open Wednesday to Sunday.
5344 NY-414, Hector, NY 14841, Phone: 607-703-1228
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9 Best Things to Do in Hector, New York
- Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, Photo: Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
- Chateau Lafayette Reneau, Hector, NY, Photo: Chateau Lafayette Reneau
- Leidenfrost Vineyards, Hector, New York, Photo: Leidenfrost Vineyards
- Hector Wine Company, Hector, New York, Photo: Hector Wine Company
- Bloomer Creek Vineyard, Hector, New York, Photo: 5ph/stock.adobe.com
- Bagley's Poplar Ridge Vineyards, Hector, NY, Photo: Bagley's Poplar Ridge Vineyards
- Penguin Bay Winery, Hector, New York, Photo: Penguin Bay Winery
- Red Newt Cellars, Hector, New York, Photo: Red Newt Cellars
- Hector Handmade, Hector, New York, Photo: Hector Handmade
- Cover Photo: demerzel21/stock.adobe.com
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