Bellwether Hard Cider and Wine Cellars, Trumansburg, NY

Considering New York State’s long history in apple farming and cider production, one would expect to find many hard cider makers. This is not the case though, and those skilled hard cider makers are few and far between. However, within the Finger Lakes, one can visit Bellwether Hard Cider and taste some authentic ciders as well as their new collection of wines. Continue reading


Sheldrake Point Winery, Ovid, NY

The west side of Cayuga Lake plays host to numerous wineries, each filling a certain niche in the market with the wines it produces. Sheldrake Point Winery, with its own Estate vineyards, is quite proud of the wine that is produced due to the unique terroir of the vineyards. While traveling in the area, we headed down to the point to learn more about this winery. Continue reading

Montezuma Winery & Hidden Marsh Distillery, Seneca Falls, NY

Located just outside of Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, on the northern end of Cayuga Lake, is one of the Finger Lakes most diverse producers of handcrafted beverages, Montezuma Winery and Hidden Marsh Distillery. This business venture started over 35 years ago as a honey producer. Today they’ve expanded their offerings to include meads, wines, and distilled spirits. On a cold, snowy day in November, we traveled there to get more information and share in the diversity of all they have. Continue reading