From the egg-yolk yellow tasting room to the vineyards named Giuseppe and Savina, Tuscan charm envelops Rooster Hill Vineyards in Penn Yan, Yates County. Yet the wine is straight-up Finger Lakes, with standouts ranging from Riesling to Cabernet Franc.
Visitors who want to get a good look at the operationís estate-grown fruit may join co-owners Amy and Dave Hoffman on one of the vineyard strolls offered three days a week during the summer. They follow the stroll with a crash course on wine appreciation, where visitors can swirl and sniff to their heartsí content.
The Hoffmans opened the tasting room in 2003,
Tasting room hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays only, from Jan. 7 to April 30. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, from May 1 to Nov. 13. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 14 to Dec. 10. Reservations required for groups, which must arrive before 3 p.m.
Accessibility: Fully accessible.
Tasting fee: $4 for five samples and the wineglass. $6 to sample a selection of limited-release red wines, Ports and dessert wines.
Amenities: Outdoor terrace. Vineyard stroll and VIP wine tasting offered at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from mid-June to mid-August. $15 per person plus tax. Twilight tasting and buffet offered on certain dates in the summer. $30 per person plus tax.
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Rooster Hill Vineyards owners Amy Hoffman and David Hoffman in the tasting room at the vineyard.