You can spend a whole lot of time driving from A to B in the Finger Lakes. Seneca alone is about 40 miles long, so going from one side to the other can take quite awhile. They keep talking about a bridge from the east side of Cayuga clear across to Bristol on Canandaigua, but the damn environmentalists won't let 'em. That said, here's a very personal list of wineries from which to pick and choose on each of the lakes.
Treleaven on the east side for their award - winning Riesling. On the west side I like Hosmer, they keep winning Governer's Cups, and Goose Watch for their their unusual varietals. If you do get to the west side stop in and say hello. We're in the phone book.
The ones Ed mentioned on the east side. Over on the west, try Hickory Hollow for their Highland Cellars wines. They might have rooms for rent now too. I know they were planning to build.
On the east side there are McGregor (Muscat Ottonel), Ravines for Riesling, and Keuka Springs. On the west side, everyone must make the pilgrimage at least once in a lifetime to Frank's (Vinfera Wine Cellars). If you want to see McMansion architecture stop in at Heron Hill (they make some nice wines too).
Arbor Hill on the west side for Traminette and Vergennes, if any of the latter is left. I picked up a case recently ($8 /bottle less case discount) and they cried to see it go out the door.
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