Situated high on Torrey Ridge overlooking one of the deepest parts of Seneca Lake is Fox Run Vineyards, with its 60 acres producing a range of wines.
The first grapes were planted in 1984, and the Dutch-style barn, erected after the Civil War (1867), was restored and converted to a winery and a tasting room with a spectacular view of the lake.
Owners are Scott Osborn and Michael Lally.
Winemaker Peter Bell earned his degree in enology (the science of winemaking) in Australia, began his career in New Zealand and turned down offers from Portugal and British Columbia in favor of the beauty and potential of the Finger Lakes.
Fox Run hosts an annual garlic festival and dinner in August.
Tours of the winery, crush deck and vineyard are offered daily. The cafe serves soups, sandwiches, salads and wine by the glass or bottle, as well as soda, juice and moore.
Summer hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Winter hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
Cafe's January-March hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
Cafe's April-December hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
JAMIE GERMANO staff photographer
Fox Run co-owner Scott Osborn looks over his vineyards.