Cayuga Lake Wine TrailJune 2012
In This Issue
Gas/Gift Card
Buttonwood Grove Winery
Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway
Wine & Herb Winners
Restaurant Week
June Events
Wine Tasting

The summer heat has arrived for the second time this year and we're loving it here on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. The heat is on with winery events, concerts, specialty wine dinners and a Farmer's Market.

Last night on May 30th, I took part in a Riesling Hour hosted by Finger Lakes Wine Country. Hundreds of people last night opened up their Riesling bottles form all over the Finger Lakes and tweeted or facebooked about their experience. Don't fret if you missed it another one is planned for September.

We're America's First Wine Trail offering a taste of everything from fine wines, meads, hard cider and distilled spirits. We're the Trail with a little bit of everything. See you on the trail!

Cayuga Cathy
Gas Card Promotion

Gas prices have come down but we, here on the  

Cayuga Lake Wine Trail  still feel your pain. For another year we plan to run our Gas Promotion campaign to help make life a little easier. All you need to do is join our e-club through our website or if you already have joined make sure to fill out our survey that can be found in our e-newsletters. Now, you ask yourself what's the promotion, a $25.00 gas/gift card and our Vino Visa Coupon Book containing coupons from all 16 wineries and other local businesses given out every Friday from June 1st to August 31st. 


Here's the survey, fill it out today to be eligible for our first giveaway today June 1st. Good Luck! 


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Buttonwood Grove Winery

Nestled among the vineyard dotted hills of Cayuga Lake,
Buttonwood Grove Winery offers a unique experience for both wine connoisseurs and novices. The vineyard produces classic European grape varieties such as Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Besides the classic varieites this winery is well known for their Red Bud, Golden Trillium, Sparkling Wine, Diva and their Blackberry Briar. The spacious tasting room and gift shop overlook the most breathtaking views of Cayuga Lake.

Buttonwood Grove Winery is now also one of a handful of wineries with lodging facilities for overnight accommodations. Guests can enjoy a peaceful evening in a log cabin and wake to the sun peaking over the hills and shining across the vineyard.  Each cabin has been designed to offer you all the comforts of home with the convenience of staying in the midst of wine country. Ideal for those who like the idea of staying at a Bed & Breakfast, but also want their privacy.

Each cabin is set in the woods, above the winery, and offers a breathtaking view of the vineyards and Cayuga Lake. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or planning a family vacation, one of our four designs will suit your needs.
  • Cabins have a full complement of linens - including bedding, blankets, towelsButton cabin
  • Microwave, small refrigerator, coffee maker, satellite TV
  • Outside gas grill and picnic table
  • Fire pit for campfires with one bundle of complimentary firewood - additional firewood available for purchase
  • Hiking trails, horseshoe pit, basketball net, catch and release fishing ponds, lake access
  • 3 of the cabins are pet friendly. There is a $15 pet fee per pet. The 4th, the Riesling cabin, is pet free.

Friday nights in the summer at Buttonwood Grove Winery is the place to be for foot stompin music and fine wine. Music starts at 7:00pm and goes till 10:00pm. Admission is $3.00 and there will be Buttonwood Grove wines for sale as well as beer and various local cheeses and crackers. Enjoy a seat on their lovely deck, or bring a lawn chair or blanket, and enjoy. Below is the schedule.

June 29-- Black Diamond ExpressButton Concert 2a

July 6--Agonal Rhythm

July 13--Back Talk

July 27--Black Diamond Express

August 10--The Movers

August 24--Destination

August 31--Back Talk 


The breathtaking lakeviews provide the perfect backdrop for a leisurely picnic out on the deck, or afternoon hike to their own waterfall, or an evening of entertainment. No matter what your plans are in the Finger Lakes, whether you visit for an hour or for the night, Buttonwood Grove Winery offers a little something for everyone.


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Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway
10 Best American Road Trips

A couple of weeks ago the Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway made one of the top 10 American Road trips to visit featured through yahoo tourism. The picturesque 80-90 mile stretch of road surrounding Cayuga L:ake measures next to such great highways as the Pacific Coast Highway Rt. 1 in California and the Florida Keys. Here in New York, in the Finger Lakes, we are proud.


The Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway is a non-profit organization made up of board members 


Presently, I am very fortunate to work with such an outstanding group of individuals on the Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway who never give-up. Just a few weeks ago we had our first of a series of informational signs placed at the top of the lake in Seneca Falls at Montezuma Winery. It was a bit cold and quite windy but we unveiled the sign just the same with a toast of Buttonwood Grove's sparkling wine, Diva.


So what's cooking on the burners now? We're in the process of working on a website redesign. Our goal is to develop our new site to help visitors better understand and access the resources along the byway. Another great project coming up this fall is our Geocaching program, a real outdoor treasure hunting game where players locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices and then share their experiences online spreading the word. We will have 20 geo-caches spread between both sides of Cayuga Lake.


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W&H people
Wine & Herb Fest Grand Prize Winners

Grand Prizes:
John & Carla Kleinbeck-Ohio
Mary Butler-Petrovsky-Binghamton
Dottie& Wayne Fletcher-Glenmoore, PA
Danielle Platia-Allentown, PA
Brenda Mead-Cortland

Survey Winners:
Anne Bowen-Endicott
Kelly Wesseldine-Chittenango
Restaurant Week
Thirsty Owl food
Join us on the trail at our winery restaurants for Restaurant Week
in the Finger Lakes. June 18-24.

Click here for more details.
June Events

Summer Concerts Kick Off in the month of June:   Click here for more details. 


June 2: MONTEZUMA WINERY, Olde-Tyme Rhubarb Festival & Classic Car Cruise-In ShowMont rhubarb Step back in time with Montezuma Winery & Hidden Marsh Distillery as we celebrate the rhubarb harvest season with our 5th Annual Olde-Tyme Rhubarb Festival & Classic Car Cruise-In.  Visitors will enjoy rhubarb specialties, while sampling some of the most unique fruit, grape and honey wines and spirits in the Finger Lakes.www.montezumawinery.com 



JUNE 3: LONG POINT WINERY A Specially Prepared Mediterranean Picnic by Fabio 

Sunday, June 3rd at 2:00PM $65.00 per person all inclusive  (5% discount on reservations for a table of 10) Reservations required. 315 364-6990 www.longpointwinery.com 


June 9: KNAPP WINERY & VINEYARD RESTAURANT , BBQ Season Kick-off   Pink Ribbon

Join Knapp Winery & Vineyard Restaurant for a delicious, outdoor barbecue to benefit breast cancer research! Knapp Winery is proud to support this cause and we welcome you to come and enjoy a great Smokey BBQ paired with great Knapp Wines for a worthy cause. Please call for more information at 800-869-9271.www.knappwine.com



June 16: BUTTONWOOD GROVE WINERY, Festival de Vino  

Live band, barbecue with sides take-out, wine specials, ice cream, and fun for the afternoon!



June 17: KNAPP WINERY & VINEYARD RESTAURANT, Father's Day BrunchKnapp Chef John 2

Knapp's Father's Day Brunch Buffet is the perfect gathering place for your entire family. Mom doesn't have to cook and dad doesn't have to man the barbecue. The buffet includes a grand brunch menu in the Knapp tradition. This feast includes a barbecue pulled pork or chicken, French toast with wild berry cream cheese filling, bacon, sausage, Eggs Benedict, pastas, seasonal vegetables and topped with fresh fruit and dessert. Buffet hours are from 10:30am-3:30pm. Reserve a table for your family at www.knappwine.com 


June 17: MONTEZUMA WINERY, 9th Annual Wildflowers & Wine Celebration

Montezuma Winery & the Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex will partner for this family, fun-filled event on Father's Day, June 17th from 11am-4pm. www.montezumawinery.com



June 23 & 24: COBBLESTONE FARM WINERY, 8th Annual Cherry FestivalCobblestone Cherry

Pick sweet and sour cherries from 5 1/2 acres  Savor award winning wines, a finger licking  BBQ, tasty wraps, scrumptious ice cream, including a cherry ice cream and a merlot sorbet (made from Cobblestone Farm's Merlot), and  delicious fresh-baked goods. Discover the unique merchandise of arts and crafts vendors, offering such treasures as jewelry, hand painted glassware, unique wood carvings, wind chimes, shabby chic, dip mixes and no-bake cheesecakes, primitive antiques, and blue decorated stoneware.   Play carnival games, such as bean bag toss, cherry pit spitting, face painting, tattoos, pick-a-duck, and milk bottle toss, with a prize for every child (or adult).  Experience an old-time hay ride around the property accompanied by fun filled facts and trivia about the Farm, Cayuga Lake and the area. Free admission. Rain or shine.   www.cobblestonefarmwinery.com


June 23: KNAPP WINERY & VINEYARD RESTAURANT, Completely Sauced Wine Dinner   6:30pm --We start with a sparkling wine reception. $54.95 pp  Immersed, marinated, soaked, covered, infused with wine and or our famous Limoncello is the chef's idea for the Completely Sauced Wine Dinner menu. Be it a palate cleanser or entrée, each dish will integrate a Knapp product in the preparation of each dish and sauce. Expect a tasty and delicious outcome. To enhance each savory bite, each course will be paired with two wines from Knapp Winery, Zugibe Vineyards or Glenora Wine Cellars. Please buy your tickets online or call us for more information.800.869.9271www.knappwine.com


June 29: KING FERRY WINERY,   Open House  

Let the games begin!  Summer is upon us and we are ready to have fun!  Drop by for our Open House, enjoy some free live music by The Unknown Woodsmen, pick up some chicken bbq from Bill Sampson to enjoy with a glass of wine in our garden, and take advantage of special discounting to stock up on wine for the summer.  Bring your friends and enjoy the afternoon!



June 30: AMERICANA VINEYARDS, Americana's Birthday   

12-10pm (with Fireworks by Proximity Pyrotechnics)

Bands and BBQ by the Crystal Lake Café start at noon

Bands include Blue Plate Special, Purple Valley, Radio Yardvarks and Pete Panek (possibly one more) Ice Cream by the Cayuga Lake Creamery

Popcorn, Games, Wine, Slushies, Beer. The event is free. Fee for food and beverages.



June 30: SWEDISH HILL WINERY, Paradise Party-A Wine Country Luau

Come check out the newest event at Swedish Hill Winery! Bring your flip flops as Swedish Hill goes Hawaiian for the day! We will also be featuring LIVE MUSIC from the Castle Street Band!!
Contact:  Lindsay Case , 607-403-0029 www.swedishhill.com


June 30: CAYUGA RIDGE ESTATE WINERY, Dancing on the Deck Party 

With the music of Dam Dogs. Come on out and enjoy great food, music and wine! The DAMDOG's, a brotherly-trio, will be beltin' out rockin' blues. The Copper Oven will be open with wood-fired pizzas available for sale as well. www.cayugaridgewinery.com



Reds, Whites, and Blues Celebration and Edition II of the '12 Artist Series  Live music by Delta Mike Shaw, 1:00 - 5:00 pm each day. www.thirstyowl.com 




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See You Along the Trail!!
Cathy Millspaugh
Cayuga Lake Wine Trail