The Seneca Lake AVA, established in 2003, is located within the larger Finger Lakes AVA and surrounds the Finger Lakes’ deepest lake, Seneca Lake. The deep lake warms the the nearby, hillside vineyards resulting in a long growing season and protection from New York’s freezing winters. In addition to Riesling, the area is known for making high quality Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay. Modern Seneca Lake winemaking began in the early 1970s when Charles Fournier and Hermann Wiemer planted Vinifera on the east and west sides, respectively, of Seneca Lake. Scroll down for a comprehensive list of Seneca Lake wineries and click “map view” to access the advanced winery search. Whether you would like to visit a winery that provides beautiful vineyard lodging, has food available to complement its wines, hosts vineyard weddings, or produces wines from organic grapes, we make it easy to find the best Seneca Lake wine tasting and touring destinations.