On my way home from Ithaca, I had to drive from the southern tip of Cayuga Lake to the north end in order to hop on I-90. It a beautiful day out and I'd never been to any of the Finger Lakes wineries so I took the more scenic route along the Cayuga Wine Trail. Before I reached the wineries I stopped off at Taughannock Falls. Pictures of this waterfall are all over brochures for attractions in the area and I was driving right passed it so after nearly hitting a couple of deer I stopped off for a breather and some scenery. Looking up at a waterfall in excess of 200ft tall is awe-inspiring in it's own right. Add in the fact that you're at the bottom of a 500ft chasm that dwarfs not only you but the waterfall and you're reminded pretty quickly of how big the world is.
After a few pictures, I was ready for a different kind of scenery involving bunches of grapes. I think I passed a sign for a different vineyard or winery every other mile before settling on two neighboring lake-front wineries. Both Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery and Thirsty Owl Winery boast many award-winning white wines and picturesque locations. Going to a winery to do wine tasting is definitely the best deal. Two dollars buys you 5 samples of wine off of a description sheet. At Thirsty Owl, they gave you the two dollars back in the form of a coupon. Wandering the shade of rows of grapes between vineyards and looking out to the lake I can understand why wine tours are so popular. The wine doesn't hurt the cause either. I will definitely be exploring more of NYS wine country. Anybody want to come with me?
|Cayuga Ridge tasting room|
|Ready for harvesting|
|Thirsty Owl wine room|
|View of Cayuga Lake|