With wine, spirits and cordials in the rotation, Knapp Winery in Romulus, Seneca County, can slake just about any thirst. The Cayuga Lake winery also quiets rumbling stomachs at its seasonal restaurant, which features food sourced from area farms.
Options in the tasting room for white wine drinkers include Riesling,Vidal Blanc and Gewurztraminer. Fans of reds and spirits will find Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese, grappa and brandy.
Other attractions at Knapp include horseback riding or strolling the grounds for a look at the ducks, peacocks and lone goose. When the weather is too cold for either activity, hunt around the tasting room for Mama Kitty or Sadie, the winery’s feline ambassadors.
Tasting room hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, April through November. 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, from December through March. Reservations required for groups of 15 or more.
Restaurant hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, April 1 to Nov. 1. Wine dinners scheduled once a month year-round.
Accessibility: Fully accessible. Gravel driveway.
Tasting fee: $3 for six samples. $5 for groups of 15 or more; each group member receives a $2 coupon for purchasing wine during that visit.
Amenities: Product line includes wine, spirits and cordials. Horseback riding offered on certain weekends from May through October, weather permitting. Horses provided; $20 per person for 30 minutes.
Courtesy of Knapp Vineyards
Though some in the Finger Lakes wine industry bristle at the idea of working with anything but European vinifera grapes, Knapp Vineyards co-owner Gene Pierce says sweeter wines made from native grapes play an important role at the Cayuga Lake winery.