Cayuga Lake, A Finger Lakes Close-Up

Gretchen Neuman
VinoVerve Editor

As mentioned in last week’s post, there are two sub AVA within the Finger Lakes AVA. The Finger Lakes was designated a viticultural area in 1982. Cayuga Lake came later in 1988.

There are 16 wineries in the AVA including:

Americana Vineyards
Bellwether Hard Cider
Buttonwood Grove Winery
Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery
Cobblestone Farm Winery
Goose Watch Winery
Hosmer Winery
King Ferry Winery
Knapp Vineyards
Long Point Winery
Lucas Vineyards
Montezuma Winery
Sheldrake Point Vineyard
Six Mile Creek Vineyard
Swedish Hill Vineyard
Thirsty Owl Wine Company

The AVA is characterize by its shale-y soils and unique microclimate created by steep hillsides and the lake which help prevent freezing in the vineyards until later in the season.  They Cayuga grape was created at Cornell University (in August, 1972) which is located in the AVA and is one of the many varietals (both vinifera and hybrids) that is planted here.

Cayuga Lake AVA

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