The Lake Ontario Wine Trail stretches from the eastern corner of Monroe County, encompasses the vast majority of Wayne County and now stretches into Cayuga County. Due to our location along the shores of Lake Ontario, our wineries, distilleries, cideries, and farms produce some of the best fruit in the state. Our soil and climate, coupled with our years of experience in the industry, make our wines, spirits, and hard ciders unique. Each bottle is handcrafted with care; with each look, smell, and sip, we are offering you a small taste of what we have to offer.
Our trail is comprised of more than just wineries, distilleries and cideries, and that’s what makes us different from all the rest. Our associate members include charming Bed & Breakfasts, great restaurants, bountiful farm markets, and unique shops and sites. Each location along the Trail is waiting to be discovered; you can plan a day trip and be home in time for dinner, or make a weekend of it! We welcome you to experience all we have to offer - so start your adventure today!
Collin has been in the spirit industry for 8 years and recently was elected President of the Lake Ontario Wine Trail. He is currently the Head Distiller at Apple Country Spirits. Collin hopes that people can enjoy Wayne County and the Lake Ontario Wine Trail in its entirety, as both have so much to offer. From small towns, great restaurants and an abundance of farm land, Collin feels that our region offers its visitors variety and a real, down-to-earth experience. He is a fan of New York State Gewürztraminers and loves being able to create a wide variety of libations using whole fruits.
Herm's love of farming with his appreciation for wine, set the wheels in motion several years ago. If grape wines taste better because they have the spirit of another fruit, why not make wine from these fruits. In addition to wine making, his family runs a fruit farm which produces nearly two dozen varieties of apples, cherries, peaches, plums and pears. They enjoy working on a small scale and developing a product that satisfies the needs of their customers.
The most important thing is to remember my German heritage. Wine is for having fun and I am committed that our winery will be a place to relax and enjoy the bountiful fruit of our labor. I'll be lifting my glass and wishing you good health and good cheer!
Mitzi, co-owner of Lagoner Farms and Embark Craft Ciderworks has been in the cider industry for roughly 2 years and a member of the Lake Ontario Wine Trail for many more. She tends to favor dry wines, but when paired with foods prefers a nice crisp white. She hopes that the Lake Ontario Wine Trail will continue to grow, becoming as familiar and popular as the Finger Lakes region's many wine trails.
Marilyn believes that the Lake Ontario Wine Trail is a hidden gem. As Administration Assistant, she hopes to bring more visibility to the trail and it's participants.