From its timber-framed perch overlooking Seneca Lake, Chateau LaFayette
Reneau samples and sells more than a dozen wines made from vinifera,
hybrid and native grapes. Tim Miller has overseen production since
1996, after earning his chops in various wine-industry roles.
Red options in the tasting room include Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir,
Merlot and Cuvee Rouge, a vinifera-hybrid blend. The whites range from
barrel-fermented Chardonnay to dry Riesling.
For visitors who want to linger, the winery has a picnic area, gardens
and lodging in a modernized farmhouse.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, April through October. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, November through March. Tastings
end 45 minutes before closing. Reservations required for groups of 10
Accessibility: Fully accessible.
Tasting fee: $5 for up to 17 samples.
Amenities: Picnic area. Banquet room. Leashed dogs welcome on the
winery grounds. Adults-only lodging.
Courtesy of Chateau LaFayette Reneau
Chateau LaFayette Reneau includes 140 acres of vineyards, ponds and woodlands.