The first step to planning a wine tour is to ensure the wineries can take your size group. (Check out the PDF on this page for a full list.) Since 2020, a lot has changed with the way the wineries operate (it’s a good type of change!), and the group size and reservation policies might be different than you remember.
If they can accommodate your size group, the next step is to find transportation. Since you have a general idea of how many people will be in your group, the next thing you’ll need to know is how long you want the transportation for. To the transportation company, your day starts when the group is picked up and ends when you’re dropped off.
Some of the transportation companies will help you set up where to go and when, and others simply want your planned schedule. Many of the wineries require reservations if you’re a group over the size of 6. Again, this handy PDF will help you navigate that.
How long you have your transportation for is a big factor in planning your day, so take that into consideration. Plan on spending 45 minutes to an hour at each winery so everyone can taste, shop, take photos, etc. Allow yourself plenty of time. If you’re behind at one winery, you’ll be behind the rest of the day, which could also affect other groups touring.
Swedish Hill Vineyard to Knapp Winery: 4.1 miles / 5 minutes
Knapp Winery to Buttonwood Grove Winery: 2.9 miles / 4 minutes
Buttonwood Grove Winery to Six Eighty Cellars: .8 miles / 1 minute
Six Eighty Cellars to Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery: 2.2 miles / 3 minutes
Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery to Thirsty Owl Wine Company: .3 miles / 1 minute
Thirsty Owl Wine Company to Hosmer Winery: .8 miles / 1 minute
Hosmer Winery to Lucas Vineyards: 4.8 miles /6 minutes
Lucas Vineyards to Americana Vineyards: 4.8 miles / 7 minutes
Americana Vineyards to Six Mile Creek Vineyards: 17.5 miles / 29 minutes
Six Mile Creek Vineyards to Long Point Winery: 27 miles / 40 minutes
Long Point Winery to Montezuma Winery: 20.9 miles / 29 minutes
Thirsty Owl Bistro: closed for the season
Americana Vineyards’ Crystal Lake Café: closed for the season, but occasional offers some food items at the tasting counter
Buttonwood Grove Winery Food Truck: closed for the season
Amelia’s Deli at Long Point Winery: Open Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 3pm
Taste of the Finger Lakes at Cayuga Ridge Winery: Select Sammies available all weekend long