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Seneca Lake Wineries Get Creative, Despite Travel Restrictions and Workforce Reduction Mandates, Wineries Aren't Slowing Down

Watkins Glen, NY – In early March, the world as we know it changed dramatically here. In the weeks since, things have continued to change, and small businesses everywhere have felt the effects. The wineries on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail are no different, and yet they have harnessed this challenge as an opportunity! From unique virtual tasting opportunities to virtual vineyard tours – they are eager to remain connected to their wine loving fans as well as those just looking to learn a little more about this world-renowned wine region.

Zugibe Vineyards has launched a Wine of the Week (WOW) Vlog. What’s a vlog? It’s a video and a blog, hence, “vlog”. Zugibe is pairing local take-out foods with a new wine of the week on their YouTube channel at 6pm! Each Wednesday, the new wine of the week will go on sale at 20% off for 7 days (until the next video). Taste along:

Wagner Vineyards hosts a live virtual tasting series on Fridays at 5pm EST. They go live on their Facebook page and each week they discuss a different topic. Future topics include: “The Intersection of Wine and Beer” and “Carving a Sustainable Future”. Be sure to follow them on Facebook, so you don’t miss an episode:

Seneca Shore Wine Cellars is looking for the humor these days. 3 Chardonnays and a Rosé Walk into a Bar.... Sounds like a great joke, right? But they’re missing the punch line. Do you have it?! Send them the winning punch line and win a $50 Gift Certificate! Send your punch line through their contact form by midnight EST, April 30, 2020. Punch line must be family friendly and clean enough for all of Facebook to 'hear'. Winner will be voted on by their staff and notified via email on May 1st, 2020. For complete details, please email

Rock Stream Vineyards produces wine and craft beer, but also several distilled products. They have put their distilling equipment to work making hand sanitizer! It’s available for purchase in their tasting room at the intersection of Fir Tree Point and Route 14 in Rock Stream; or call to inquire: 607-243-5395.

Lamoreaux Landing is hosting live tastings with their winemaking team at 5pm EST every Thursday. Tastings will be simulcast on Facebook Live and Instagram Live and they’ll be answering your questions throughout the experience. Follow along by ordering a Social Media Happy Hour collection from their website. Be sure to order by the Friday before each event to ensure that you receive the wine in time to taste along! Find them on Facebook: and on Instagram @lamoreauxwine.

Lakewood Vineyards is hosting a virtual series called COOK + CORK. Each Wednesday at 8pm, tune into their Facebook page to see a cook-off with 3 members of their team and 3 secret ingredients including one Lakewood wine. Find Lakewood on Facebook:

Fulkerson Winery wants to help support the local food community during this crisis. When you purchase wine at the winery and present a receipt totaling $30 or more (that’s dated within one week) you’ll receive an extra 10% off of their standard wine discounts! You can order online at and select “Pick up at winery” to have it ready for pickup, or give them a call to place your order over the phone: (607-243-7883). Hours for pickup include: Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm; and Saturday/Sunday, 12pm-5pm

Fox Run Vineyards offers one of the more comprehensive vineyard tours in the region, and they’re taking it to the internet! They’ve condensed the tour you’d experience in person (usually around 45 minutes) to 7 minutes and they’re sharing out in three installments on their Facebook page. Follow them to enjoy a walk about and some learning, too:

Boundary Breaks has been keeping their followers up to date with fun and interesting behind-the-scenes-style videos. So far, they’ve talked about bubbly wines and why the glass matters, tiling the vineyard, and even tasting through new wine releases, like their ice wine! Find them on Facebook and live vicariously through their short video posts:

Atwater Estate Vineyards has unveiled something for the daring wine drinker! Mystery Boxes featuring a red option and a white option. Limited availability – only 15 cases of each are available. Three bottles of red or three bottles of white for $110 including shipping. To learn more and order a mystery box yourself, visit: and

Find these events (and more!) as well as a handy reference to the various winery discounts and shipping promotions on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail website:

Founded in 1986, the Seneca Lake Winery Association, known publicly as the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to promoting its member wineries; to developing a spirit of cooperation between members of the association; to developing an outstanding wine producing and tourism area; to stimulating interest in wine in general and the wines of Seneca Lake, specifically; and to gaining recognition of the Seneca Lake Winery Association as an independent leader in the grape growing, wine, and tourism initiatives.

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