For those on the East Coast, it may be beyond our budgets to give a gift of a California wine tour. However, that doesn't mean we can't give a wine tour gift. Relatively new to wine making, New York is actually home to a number of wineries that can be visited. What many people are unaware of is that New York is actually the third largest producer of wine in the United States.
Most wineries in New York offer wine tastings and tours. Often the local limo companies will have package rates for day tours so that tourists can taste all the wines without fear of being unable to drive afterwards. If you are giving a wine tour gift to someone in the north east region of America, you will find day trips to be a very cost effective wine gift.
The Finger Lakes region in western New York has a wonderful climate for producing many grape varietals. The soil conditions are excellent and the lakes all around provide just the right balance for excellent wine production.
One outstanding wine gift choice for this area would be tickets on the Finger Lakes Scenic Railway. This is a 118 mile section of track which travels through the scenic wine country of the Finger Lakes region. Public excursions are frequently organized and the train can even be rented for private events if you want.
There are three main wine trails found in this area but the largest is the Seneca Lake Wine Trail which begins in Geneva, NY. The Seneca Lake Wine Trail starts at the northern most point of Seneca Lake and ends in Watkins Glen. This trail features 31 vineyards that are found along the lake shores, many of which offer public tours and wine tastings.
Many different wines are produced at the wineries featured along the Seneca Lake trail so whoever you give this gift to will get to sample and enjoy a wide variety of wines. They will also get to relax and take in some stunning scenery that is found in this region. Views are particularly spectacular in the fall when the foliage turns to golds and reds.
The Keuka Wine Trail of the Finger Lakes region is a smaller trip, encompassing only 8 vineyards. However some of these are the most reputable wineries in New York so you will sample some of the state's finest wines. This trip starts with a horse drawn hayride through the first vineyard. This would be an incredibly romantic gift for your favorite pair of wine enthusiasts.
Another option is a popular winery tour package that is offered by Finger Lakes Winery which is based in Geneva. They offer a variety of transportation options for your tour including trolleys and limousines. They will actually pick you up anywhere in New York to take you to the tour so you are not obligated to stay in the Finger Lakes area.
No matter which option or combination of options that you choose, a New York wine tour would be a fantastic wine gift. A trip like this will create memories that will last a lifetime.