When falling honey prices began stinging his family’s beekeeping business in 1998, Bill Martin tapped his home-brewing skills to produce mead. Three years later, Martin released a series of fruit wines under his just-launched Montezuma Winery label and settled into a 14,000-square-foot production facility and tasting room in Seneca Falls.
Mead and fruit wines such as Cranberry Bog remain central to the Cayuga Lake winery’s output, though Riesling and Seyval Blanc are produced. The winery’s sister operation, Hidden Marsh Distillery, opened in 2008 and produces Bee Vodka, a highly praised triple-distilled spirit made from Finger Lakes honey.
Tasting room hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, year-round. Tasting bar closes at 5:45 p.m. Reservations required for groups of 12 or more.
Accessibility: Fully accessible.
Wine tasting fee: $2 for six samples. $4 for six samples and the wineglass.
Spirits tasting fee: $1 per sample or $5 for one sample and the brandy snifter. State law limits spirits sampling to three quarter-ounce servings per person, per day.
Amenities: Farmers market 3 to 7 p.m. Fridays from mid-June to early September; live music starts at 5 p.m. Satellite tasting room at 3050 State Route 28 in Old Forge, Herkimer County.
Charity causes: Various events and products support conservation projects at nearby Montezuma Wetlands Complex.