Formerly known as the Finger Lakes Champagne House, Seneca Lake-based Penguin Bay Winery produces still wine ranging from dry to sweet under its own label and sells bubbly from Swedish Hill and Goose Watch, its sister wineries on Cayuga Lake.
Percussion, a semi-sweet blend of Cayuga White, Traminette, Vidal Blanc and Valvin Muscat, wins the popularity contest among the white wine offerings. A dry wine called Maroon Four, made primarily from the Noiret and Corot Noir hybrid grapes developed by Cornell University, is the most sought-after red option.
No matter which Penguin Bay wine visitors tote home, a portion of the sale benefits endangered Humboldt penguins at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse.
Tasting room hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, year-round. Reservations required for groups of 10 or more.
Accessibility: Fully accessible.
Tasting fee: $2 for six samples. $5 per person for groups of 10 or more. Each group member receives a $3 coupon toward a wine purchase.
Amenities: The tasting room sells sparkling wines from Swedish Hill and Goose Watch, Penguin Bay’s sister wineries.
Charity causes: A portion of Penguin Bay wine sales supports endangered Humboldt penguins at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse.