Wow. I.... wow. I was blown away. I had NO IDEA that the quality of wine would be SO good. Or that the wineries would be SO adorable. Everything we tasted (and obviously Matt tasted a bunch more than me) was every bit as good as anything we had in the Fingerlakes. And the scenery is worth the trip in and of itself:
And it's only an hour away! I am basically horrified that I didn't know about this and have it on my Must See Cleveland list. Because, seriously:
|That's a lot of wineries in a small area. How did I not know about this???|
They have a few tasting flights but we were kindof all over the map. We were on a mission and they were super helpful with their recommendations. We ended up with a dry Riesling that impressed everyone at the dinner table.
|Clearly their wines impressed some awards type people, too!|
list on their website that would be a good place to start when planning a trip like this.) We chose Harpersfield:
|Done and done.|
|This one is ours but I think she'd feel right at home in a wine tasting room.|
Anyways their specialty was Chardonnay so that's what we tasted. They have an aged in oak version and an aged in stainless steel version that it is super fun to taste back to back. You can really see what a difference that makes in the final flavors. We liked the stainless version the best and ended up going home with a bottle.
From there we decided to keep heading away from the highway and see what else we could discover. We didn't have a ton of time but weren't ready to go home just yet because, seriously:
We ended up at Chalet Debonne Vineyards. They also have a brewery on site:
From there we headed to South River Vineyard - the other one on our must see list of recommendations from the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake. Because this winery? Is located in what used to be a church:
|I love me an adaptive reuse.|
I can't believe I didn't take a picture of the insides but it's pretty neat. Also the back of it looks like this:
Anyways we ended up getting a simple cheese plate from them for lunch:
Then it was time to head back to reality. Overall we had an amazing time. We were gone for less than 24 hours. Left after work and were back in time to put the kids down for naps. And in that short time we did so many things! I really can't recommend both the Geneva area and the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake enough. For a quick, romantic, escape reality getaway like this it is PERFECT. Only an hour away and yet far enough that it feels like a completely different world.
|Pictured: Us relaxed and not working and/or renovating.|
I absolutely want to go back again. The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake has a wine bus that will take you from place to place. I think a trip with friends in the dead of winter when the lake looks really cool to do nothing but go to the wineries is in order.
Yay for discovering new and amazing things in our own backyard!
Oh and we even stopped at a quaint little covered bridge on the way home. Super adorable!
Disclaimer: The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake invited me to stay with them and post about the experience. As always all opinions are my own and I would never post about something that I didn't believe in.
|PS: Pic of us at the finger lakes in 2006. WOW WE LOOK YOUNG!|