Wagner Vineyards was one of our first stops along the Seneca Wine Trail. We had the great honor of meeting Bill Wagner who is one of the pioneers of this area.
He opened the vineyard in 1979 . The winery's prime location on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake contributes to the superior quality of the grapes. The unique combination of deep water and sloping hillsides provide a natural temperature moderator, protecting the vines against extreme temperature changes. Over 250 acres of vineyards are currently under cultivation; varieties include Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Johannisberg Riesling, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Seyval Blanc, Melody, Vignoles, Vidal, Cayuga White, DeChaunac, Delaware, and Niagara. The winery currently produces over 40,000 cases annually.
Bill Wagner also owns a restaurant and microbrewery on site as well. Just as a winemaker friend told me in California " there is nothing like an ice good beer after a long day of wine tasting"If you are in the area this is a must stop ! We just want to say thank you Bill and Cheers !