Cayuga Lake Wine Trail                    September 2011
In This Issue
Harvest 2011
Wine Maker for a Week Winner
Riesling Hour
Harvest Hoedown
September Events

Harvest Hoopla

Holiday Shopping Spree 










Hello all,

Where did the summer go? Way to quick for me, I'm still dreaming of the beach.


Harvest is upon us, same as last year and already has begun. 

The news in the vineyard is that  Knapp Winery and Thirsty Owl Wine Co. have already started with the rest of the wineries following through within the next week or two. For a full report on all the vineyards in New York check out the Veriason to Harvest Newsletter for updates.

Our wineries will not only be working in the vineyards but also celebrating the harvest at their events for the Harvest Hoopla. Check out the list below.  


See you along the trail! 


Cayuga Cathy 

Harvest 2011


The 2011 Grape harvest is starting in the vineyards along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. After a "normal" winter, meaning little or no fruiting bud damageKnapp harvest we encountered one of the wettest Springs in recent history. This actually turned out to be fortunate as the soils in the vineyards had sufficient moisture to sustain the vines during the late June/July time period when we received almost no rainfall. Once again things (the weather) returned to "normal" in the month of August meaning the temperature and rainfall were what is normally expected during this period. Consequently the growers (quantity) and winemakers Knapp grapes(quality) are very pleased with the 2011 vintage. If you have a chance to visit the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail during the next 6-8 weeks you will be able to see the harvest in full swing-harvesters, tractors and workers in the vineyards, and trucks loaded with grapes traveling along the highways of the trail.






Winemaker for a Week Winner.


First Prize Winner

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Winemaker for a week 1

Don S.from Alpine, NY wins the 1 week vacation at the Greek Peak Mountain Resort and the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail sponsored by Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance. Here he will learn all the angles of the wine business from the harvest in the vineyard side by side with winemakers from King Ferry, Long Point and Knapp.  Additionally he will help out at events--Cork and Fork and Lucas's German Fest to get the full picture. Visits to Corning Museum of Glass, Museum of the Earth plus a winery tour by Quality Wine Tours rounds out the week. 



Riesling Hour


Join us onRiesling Launch Thursday evening, September 22, from 6 to 9 p.m., during the height of harvest for our next Riesling Hour, the world's largest virtual Riesling tasting, as we celebrate the arrival of the 2010 Finger Lakes Rieslings.  

Montezuma's Winery Harvest Hoedown 


Saturday, September 17, 2011 from 12-5pm


Kick up your heels and dance to the sounds of old fashioned country fiddlin' music as we celebrate the harvest season.  Fall is upon us and it's a perfect time to get out and see the beautiful fall foliage that New York State has to offer plus savor the foods of the season. 

 Mont. BBQ

Enjoy a lip-smacking BBQ, a farm market of local seasonal produce, jams & jellies, maple products, baked goods, cheese sampling, kettle corn, home-made fudge and of course wine!  There's fun for the kids including a petting zoo plus get your pumpkins for decorating this fall season. 


There's even a "Best Herb Bread" and an "Onion Bocce" contest.  If you came to Montezuma Winery during the Cayuga Wine Trail's Wine & Herb event this spring, now's your chance to show off the fruits of your labor.  Bring your best Herb Bread recipe or play a game of Onion Bocce for prizes. 


Mont HoedownDon't miss the old fashioned, foot stompin', country fiddlin' music by Miller's Wheel from 12-2:30pm and Barn Floor Groovers from 2:30-5pm. 


The fall season is the perfect time to stock up on your Cranberry Bog for your Thanksgiving celebration. Made 100% from fresh cranberries, this wine starts sweet but finishes with a distinctive tartness that is signature of the cranberry. 


Admission is free and all are invited to join us for a fun-filled day of food, foot-stompin' music, and wine (fee for food & wine)!


For more information, contact Montezuma Winery & Hidden Marsh Distillery at 315-568-8190 or email us at info@montezumawinery.com.  Montezuma Winery is located at 2981 Auburn Rd (corners of Rte. 89 and 5/20) in Seneca Falls, NY 13148.




September Events


 Hosmer Winery

September 10    Hosmer Winery, Some Like it Hot! Our fall extravaganza is outside by the vineyard and features live "hot" tunes, cool award winning wines and vendor booths.  Offering hot, spicy, and savory local products. www.hosmerwinery.com  



Bob WalpoleSeptember 10     Thirsty Owl Saturday Concert Series. "Tunes on the Terrace".  Enjoy Live Music by   Bob Walpole Saturdays (and select Sundays)1:00 PM - 5:00 PM www.thirstyowl.com






September 10 & 11    Americana Vineyards, Patriot's Weekend.
Americana celebrates its' patriot club members. Wine specials, concerts Saturday & Sunday, drawing. www.americanavineyards.com


 SH wines

September 10 & 11    Swedish Hill Vineyard, Fall Fever Days
Catch the fever of the beginning of harvest time and enjoy the Winemaker's Dozen Case specials! (10am-6pm) www.swedishhill.com



September 10 & 11    Thirsty Owl Wine Company, 9th Anniversary Bash and Final Edition of the '11 Artist Series. Come help us celebrate our 9th Anniversary! Featuring the final edition of the 2011 Artist Series and live music of Bob Walpole.www.thirstyowl.com



September 10 & 11    Goose Watch Winery, Fall Fever Days
Goose Watch WineryCatch the fever of the beginning of harvest time and enjoy the Winemaker's Dozen Case specials! (10am-6pm) www.goosewatch.com






September 11    Goose Watch Winery, Jazz Festival
Come join us as the Seneca Falls Rotary hosts their 4th annual Rotary Wine and Music Festival at Goose Watch Winery! (1pm-6pm www.goosewatch.com




Buttonwood HarvestSeptember 17    Buttonwood Grove Winery, Early Fall Foliage Festival
Live music, barbecue food, hayrides & tastings in the vineyard, wine specials, grape pies & pastries! (12-5pm) www.buttonwoodgrove.com







September 17    Cobblestone Farm Winery, Glorious Grape Day
Grapes, grapes and more grapes. Enjoy wine tasting and grape treats such as grape pies, frozen grape pops, grape cookies, grape cheesecake, and more. www.cobblestonefarmwinery.com



September 17    Knapp Vineyards, La Cena con Vino
La Cena con Vino is simply translated to "dinner with wine" and in KnappChef John style this will not be a simple meal. Executive chef, John McNabb promises street food from south of the border weaved into five courses. Cuban, Mexican and Panamanian influences will burst your palate alongside premium wines from Knapp Winery, Zugibe Vineyards and Glenora Wine Cellars. Please call for reservations at 800-869-9271. www.knappwine.com



September 17    Montezuma Winery, Harvest Hoedown
Enjoy an afternoon of old fashioned, foot stompin', country fiddlin' music from 2 bands, a mouthwatering, down home country BBQ plus wine by the glass. Purchase seasonal produce from our farmer's market, fresh baked goods, kettle corn plus pumpkins for the kids. Fee for food and wine by the glass. www.montezumawinery.com



September 17     King Ferry Winery, 4th Annual Fall Arts Festival.  Local artists' and crafters' works on display. Free live music from Cielle and Kambuyu Marimba. Food available for a fee. Have a locally-sourced Christmas this year - shop at our Arts Fest! www.treleavenwines.com



September 17     Thirsty Owl Saturday Concert Series, "Tunes on the Terrace". Enjoy Live Music by Delta Mike Shaw Saturdays (and select Sundays)1:00 PM - 5:00 PM www.thirstyowl.com







September 17 & 18    Six Mile Creek Vineyard, Harvest Festival
Fun for the whole family! Food & Craft vendors, vineyard hayrides, wine tasting. (12-5pm) www.sixmilecreek.com


 German Fest Dancers

September 18   Lucas Vineyards, German Festival. Live German Band & Dancers, grape stomping, grape pies, German food, Polka contest and costumes. Fun for the whole family! Held rain or shine under the tents! (12:30-4:30pm) www.lucasvineyards.com



September 24   Bellwether Hard Cider, Fabulous Fall Feast. Check website for more details. www.cidery.com



September 24    Knapp Vineyards, Fall Fiesta
Ole! Sombreros, piñatas and salsas will be the décor for Knapp's Fall Fiesta! Think of dishes using cilantro, chipotle peppers, red and green chili's, fajitas and more. Perfect food for wonderful Knapp Riesling. Knapp is also sponsoring a best salsa contest. Bring us your best homemade salsa for us to judge as the winning recipe! Listen to salsa music! All day- Vineyard Restaurant and grounds 11am-5:00pm. www.knappwine.com



September 24     Thirsty Owl Saturday Concert Series, "Tunes on the Terrace'. 

Enjoy Live Music by Ken Campbell Saturdays (and select Sundays) 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM www.thirstyowl.com  



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Executive Director
Cathy Millspaugh
(800) 684-5217