Food, friends, and wine – what more could you ask for in a festival? There is so much to experience in autumn in the Finger Lakes, from the changing colors of the foliage to the scents of a fresh harvest. And, there is no better way to enjoy all of these sensations than with a wine glass in one hand.
Keep reading for a full list of wine festivals.
Cobblestone Farm Winery Grape Stomping Festival
September 11 – 12, 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Cobblestone Farm Winery invites you to join in a good old fashioned grape stomping. Don’t be shy; you can literally jump right into the fun. Make sure you dress the part for the I Love Lucy look-alike contest. There will be lots to see and do with the grape stomping, contest, music, wine tasting, food and more.
Lucas Vineyard's 13th Annual German Festival
September 12, 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
The harvest season begins in full swing at Lucas Vineyards with the celebration of all things German including their award-winning Rieslings and Gewürztraminer. Come and listen to the Live Music by The Enzian Bavarian band and dancers while you enjoy the grape stomping, alphorn and polka contests, balloon art, face painting and costumes. Local vendors will be on site selling German food, grape pies, gourmet chocolate, wine ice cream and jewelry.
Harvest Hoedown at Montezuma Winery
September 18, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Montezuma Winery invites you to their event of the season where you can enjoy an afternoon of old fashioned, foot stompin', country fiddlin' music. Get in the hoedown spirit with the lip-smacking BBQ and enjoy the local produce of the area in a farm market of jams & jellies, maple & honey products, baked goods, cheese sampling, hand-popped kettle corn, home-made fudge and of course wine! Make it a family event and bring the kids to see the Maple Haven show goats, milking demonstrations, and pumpkin picking.
Glenora's Leaves & Lobsters 2010
September 18, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
This event at Glenora Wine Cellars combines live music, the autumn view of Seneca Lake and a Down East Lobster Feast for one incredible day. Lobster-lovers will enjoy the lobster dinner which includes a pound and a quarter of whole Maine Lobster, but for those whose taste buds disagree with lobsters, Glenora will also providing a lobster-free menu.
Knapp Fall Fiesta
September 25, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Knapp Winery is proud to host a spectacular fiesta. This event is filled with fiesta activities and Mexican food galore. Salsa music will fill your senses with the festive air as you participate in, or just watch, the best salsa contest.
The Finger Lakes Cork & Fork
October 22 – 23, Friday 6:00 pm-9:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
The Finger Lakes Cork & Fork is the event to experience all the regions best in agriculture, viticulture, and cuisine all at one stop. Here you can sip wine, sample the locally grown produce, and taste dishes prepared by the area’s finest chefs. Best of all, you can bring the experience home with you as you learn how to use our local bounty to prepare masterful dishes, discover how to pair your foods with the right wines to bring out all the best flavors, and buy everything you need to create a locally produced feast all in your own home!
Goose Watch Winery's 13th Annual Chestnut Festival
October 23, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Come to Goose Watch Winery to enjoy freshly harvested chestnuts grown right at the winery. Sample their fresh roasted chestnuts, chestnut soup, chestnut spread and more while listening to live music.
Knapp Hollow-Wine Fun
October 30, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Come for a day for costumes, wine, and lots of fun at Knapp Winery. Come in costume and enter their costume contest to wingreat Knapp gifts! Start the Halloween fun at Knapp Winery while you enjoy wine and friends.