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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!


trail officers

Herm Young

Vice President

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.

Joan Allen


Joan, co-owner of JD Wine Cellars, has been in the wine industry for 7 years. A diverse wine drinker, Joan loves the warmth of reds in the winter and the crisp acidity of whites in the summer. Her mission is to help people explore and understand the beauty and diversity of Wayne County’s small towns. She feels that the Lake Ontario Wine Trail is a great way for people to discover what is right in their own back yard.

Marilyn Caywood

Administrative Assistant

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.