It's Harvest Season in the Finger Lakes - September 2011

When I ask you what does it mean to “live life, Finger Lakes style” what thoughts come to mind? In September what comes to my mind is the abundance of changing foliage colors, the smell of grapes being pressed in the air, and the popping up roadside farm stands to highlight the produce of local farmers and SO MUCH MORE.


Speaking of the smell of grapes..


Let’s Raise a Glass To Our Winemaker!

The Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance in conjunction with other program sponsors would like to congratulate the winners of our Winemaker for a Week promotion. The highlights of this promotion included complimentary accommodations hosted by  Hope Lake Lodge, passes to wine and culinary themed festivals and one on one activities with regional Finger Lakes wine makers learning the process that goes into making the tasty product that ends up in your wine glass.


Contestants were asked to submit a video or a written piece telling the judges why they felt that they would be a great candidate to become a Winemaker for a Week. After voting closed this past Friday, September 2nd our first prize and second prize winners were selected! Don L. of Mecklenberg, NY was our grand prize winner and not far behind him was Lou W. of Fairport NY. Though it was a tough decision making the ultimate choice, we thank everyone who took the time to participate! Let’s raise a glass to cheer Don and Lou and hope that they enjoy their Winemaker for a Week experiences! 



Have a Harvest Fun-For-All

Experience harvest-time in Seneca County with one of our many harvest activities. September is Harvest Hooplah on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, with all the trail's wineries hosting family friendly harvest events where you can stomp grapes, go on hayrides, decorate pumpkins and more. Visit farms where you can pick your own apples, pumpkins and gourds. Or experience all the Finger Lakes bounty in one place at the Finger Lakes Cork & Fork where over 60 Finger Lakes farms, food producers, wineries and restaurants come together to sample and sell their harvest best at this annual educational and epicurean showcase.



September is the Month to Harvest Riesling

Any Riesling fans out there? The Finger Lakes has built what some may call a Riesling empire. A little background for those that may not know, Riesling is a German variety that grows exceptionally well in the Finger Lakes as a result of the cool climate that parallels the grape’s original growing climate. The Finger Lakes has prided itself on making styles from bone dry to sweet so there is something for everyone. Be sure to stop in to one of the multitude of wineries along the lakes and those in between to try their varieties of Riesling and more, take a vineyard tour, and see what the ‘buzz’ is about Finger Lakes wine. 

For a full listing of Finger Lakes wineries visit the Wineries and More page. 



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Fall Into Finger Lakes Events

With harvest activities, festivals, and seasonal beauty, the FLTA events page has a full listing of things to do that could keep you moving every day of the month. Updated daily, you’ll find any event that will fit your mood. 


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