In the early 1980’s, Mary Plane of Plane’s Winery (now Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery) looked out on the empty parking lot of her newly established winery and realized that if her business was going to succeed, she would need to attract more customers. So in 1983, Plane Winery along with Americana Vineyards and Winery, Lucas Vineyards, Lakeshore Winery and Frontenac Point Vineyard founded the Cayuga Wine Trail.
Today, the Cayuga Wine Trail boasts 15 wineries, a cidery, a meadery, 4 distilleries, and many fine lodging establishments, restaurants, attractions and retail establishments that also serve visitors to the Trail.
The Cayuga Wine Trail takes pride in many achievements. In addition to celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2008, Wine Trail Members have collectively won over 5,00 national and international medals, including 5 Governor’s Cups which are considered the ‘Oscar’ of New York Wines.
In late October of this year, Trail Member Americana Vineyards welcomed the Trail’s 1 millionth customer! The lucky couple was Jennifer Geroux of Ithaca, NY and Ryan Rutledge of Tyler Hill, PA who was visiting the trail to celebrate Jennifer’s 36th birthday.
Jennifer’s “birthday present” from the Wine Trail for being the 1 millionth customer included a 2 night stay at Latourelle Resort, a gift certificate to August Moon Spa, 2 wine flutes and a wine cooler from Mackenzie-Childs, a wine tour from Experience! The Finger Lakes, all donated by respective members, and a sampler case of wine from Wine Trail Members.
Although you may not be the millionth visitor, you’ll always enjoy a winning experience visiting Cayuga Wine Trail Members. You can also take advantage of some terrific discounts by purchasing the $15 Vino Visa Coupon Book with Trail Member discounts valued at over $250, available online or at any of the Trail wineries. Also be sure to take a look at the many Wine Trail Packages available through the Cayuga Wine Trail’s website.
Our thanks to Cathy Millspaugh, Executive Director of the Cayuga Wine Trail, for her assistance on this piece.
Photos courtesy of the Cayuga Wine Trail.