September 2013
In This Issue
Buttonwood Grove Winery
Lucas Vineyards
30th Anniversary
Winemaker for a Week
Harvest Hoopla

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Coupons from 16 wineries and other local area businesses

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 "Harvest is just around the corner and is expected to start right around the average date of September first" states the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail President, Cameron Hosmer, of Hosmer Winery. The 2013 harvest is looking great".

Join us all through the month as the wineries help you celebrate the most exciting time in the vineyards. Check out the events during our Harvest Hoopla below. 


Cayuga Cathy


Buttonwood Grove Winery

Ken Riemer co-owner with his wife Diane of Buttonwood Grove Winery says "Wow, the harvest of 2013 is Button front going to be memorable.  Come be part of the Buttonwood experience, and enjoy our excellent wines, always served with a smile while you ride through the vineyards.  Autumn on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail is a very special time".   


They're now featuring three new wines, Gewurztraminer, with a nice spicy finish, Buttonwood Red, a light body Merlot and Miss KassButton cabinie, a tawny port. If you're looking for a homespun  place to stay, Sunday through Thursday check out their cabin specials, 10 percent off the regular price plus a free bottle of wine. 


Buttonwood's event, "Early Fall Foliage Festival" is Button Concert 2a being held on September 21st from 1-5:00pm.  Performing during the day is Donna Colton and the Troublemakers. The tiki bar will have their famous Blackberry wine slushies, plus craft vendors will be set up on the deck, and a scrumptious BBQ.   


Test your skills at their apple sling shot to see if you can win a glass of wine.  On Button Melody a more serious side listen to discussions and learn more about the fall harvest, titled "What's Ripening in the Vineyard".


All in all you are in for a real treat and don't forget to say, Hi to their Scottish Highland, Melody.   


Buttonwood Grove Winery

5986 State Rt. 89

Romulus, NY 14541




Lucas Vineyards 

Ruth Lucas, owner of Lucas Vineyards with her daughters, Stephanie and Lucas family Ruthie plus her son-in-law Jeff, states, "As one of the original members of the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, Lucas Vineyards never imagined the impact the Finger Lakes would have as a world class wine region.  We moved to the area from Long Island in 1974 to be full time grape growers for a commercial winery. After our third year the commercial winery cancelled our contract. When the Farm Winery Act Lucas GF Group passed and a grape grower could now have a tasting room, we said let's give it a try and if it doesn't work we will have one big party". I can tell you it has worked for them and they still hold a big party, their German Fest, one you won't want to miss.


On Sunday, September 15th from 12:30 to 4:30pm, Lucas Vineyards will  be hosting their 16th Annual German Festival. The Enzian Bavarian Band and Dancers will be Lucas GF salad contest performing. There will be grape stomping, grape pies, German Food, the Best German Potato Salad Contest, judged by yours truly, Alp-horn and Polka Contests, Balloon Art and of course their famous Rieslings and Gewürztraminers.   

This event is fun for the whole family. Rain or Shine (under the tents).   


$5 cover charge, 12 and under free,  Free parking, No coolers perGrape Stompingmitted   


What:    German Festival

Where:   Lucas Vineyards 

      3862 County Road 150  

      (Between Routes 96 & 89  

      (on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail)

              Interlaken, NY 14847


When:    September 15, 2013

             12:30 - 4:30pm


 The best part of the day is watching everyone have so much fun from dancing, participating in the alp-horn contest, grape stomping and eating a Bratwurst or two. It's the quickest 4 hours you'll ever experience. 




30th Anniversary

Help us celebrate 30 years on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail by visiting us 2011 members the 30th of each month throughout 2013 for great deals and offers. Click here for the complete list. 


An additional offer: purchase two Vino Visa's and receive two of our 30th Anniversary Glasses for FREE!!




Winemaker for a Week

Congratulations to this year's winner Janelle Drach for winning our Winemaker for a Week Knapp grapes contest where we received over 2,000 entries. We choose a local girl from Geneva who has grown up here in the Finger Lakes and has a real desire to learn more about the wine industry and in particular to make wine. Her week begins September 30th and goes through October 4th. This is the third successful year we have run this event with Greek Peak Resort, The Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance and the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. 


Harvest Hoopla

September 7: Varick Winery & Vineyard, Glorious Grape Day   Cobble Grapes

Grapes, grapes and more grapes. Enjoy wine tasting and grape treats such as grape pies, frozen grape pops, grape cookies, grape cheesecake, and more. 



Hosmner Barrels September 7:  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.  12 - 4pm 


September 7 & 8:  Swedish Hill Vineyards , Fall Fever Days   SH Harvest

Catch the fever of the beginning of harvest time and enjoy the Winemaker's dozen case specials that will be available (For every case you purchase, enjoy 15% off plus a FREE bottle of wine from our selections)! Celebrate at both Swedish Hill and Goose Watch! 10 am - 6 pm 

Contact:  Lindsay Case , 607-403-0029


GW sign September 7 & 8:  Goose Watch Winery,  Fall Fever Days  

Catch the fever of the beginning of harvest time and enjoy the Winemaker's dozen case specials that will be available (For every case you purchase, enjoy 15% off plus a FREE bottle of wine from our selections)! Celebrate at both Swedish Hill and Goose Watch! 10 am - 6pm 

Contact:  Lindsay Case , 607-403-0029


September  8:  Goose Watch Winery, Jazz Festival   J Russo

Come join us for wine, water, and all that jazz as the Seneca Falls Rotary and ITT host their 5th annual Rotary Wine and Music Festival at Goose Watch Winery. Enjoy 4 fantastic jazz bands and purchase various foods and our award winning wines. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased from the Seneca Falls Rotarians, The Seneca Falls Copy Shop and Area Records in Geneva. For information, visit  Contact:  Lindsay Case , 607-403-0029


Amer. Logo September 14 & 15: Americana Vineyards, Patriot's Weekend  Americana celebrates its Patriot Club members. Wine specials, concerts Saturday & Sunday, drawing. 


September 14: Six Mile Creek Vineyard, Harvest Festival   Six Harvest

Mark your calendars for a great day of Six Mile Creek wine, local beers, hayrides, local cheeses,local artisans, lots of fun for the kids and of course music, music, music. We have lined up The Pelatones, Tom Olsen( Tom's 15th year at our festival) capping the day with Kip Opperman and Tru Bleu. 


Mont Hoedown September 14: Montezuma Winery, Harvest Hoedown  

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 Activities include a lip-smacking Chicken & Pork BBQ, a farm market of local seasonal produce, jams & jellies, maple products, baked goods, hand-popped kettle corn, home-made fudge and of course wine!
There's fun for the kids including a petting zoo and more. Get your pumpkins for decorating this fall season. Free admission (fee for food and wine by the glass). On the Montezuma Stage:
Barn Floor Groovers from 12-2:30pm
Miller's Wheel from 2:30-5pm  


September 14: Knapp Winery & Vineyard Restaurant, Hoedown Ball. Knapp Wines Pull on your cowboy boots, don your best cowboy hat and head over to Knapp Winery for some Hoe Down fun. See experts square dance and learn to do it yourself. We might even have some trick ropers.  But for all of you country tune lovers, Knapp is hosting PWT, country band.  Hear the sounds of country music waffling about the air as well as the smokey aromas of great grilled sausage, a clam bake and mussels too. Matched only by the beautiful bouquets of Knapp Wine. Knee slapping fun!- 12- 5pm. Concert is free. Food and beverages sold separately.



September 14 & 15: Thirsty Owl Wine Company, 11th Anniversary TO logo Bash and Final Edition of the '13 Artist Series  

Come help us celebrate our 11th Anniversary! Featuring the final edition of the 2013 Artist Series and live music. 


German Fest Dancers September 15: 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! Cover charge per person.  12 and under are free.  No coolers permitted. 




September 21: Buttonwood Grove Winery, Early Fall Foliage Festival Buttonwood Harvest Join us for a BBQ, grape pies and pastries, jewelry and pottery vendors, and those great hay rides through the vineyard. Wine specials galore. Let's talk "Grape Harvest" lectures will be held on our deck overlooking the vineyards. Concord grapes for sale. 


Knapp Rest. September 28 : Knapp Vineyards, 30 Mile Wine Dinner

After all the care and work through the summer the bounty of the region will present itself on our tables with this dinner.  Our vineyards have been harvested and the meats, fruits, vegetables may be  grilled roasted or broiled.  Roasted pumpkin bisque, wild mushrooms, locally grown tomatoes and delicious fruits are just a peek of what this dinner may Knapp Chef John have in store.  A perfect dinner for foodies that love local food experience.  A hugely popular event, so make your reservations early.  Executive Chef John McNabb prepares yet another scrumptious menu paired with elegant Knapp wines and wines from our friends at Zugibe Vineyards and sister winery Glenora Wine Cellars.  $74.90 per person includes tax and gratuity. 






 Amer concert

Enjoy music all through the Autumn Harvest on Thursday, Friday and Sunday nights. Listen to great tunes and enjoy fine wines.

See You Along the Trail!!

Cathy Millspaugh 
Cayuga Lake Wine Trail