Is It Really About The Water Or Is It The Wine ?

As a waterfront Realtor in the Finger Lakes, I have always said ” It’s all about the lake. ”  Well now I guess that is partially to completely true.   With over 100 wineries in the Finger Lakes,  visitors to the wineries are responsible for the continued vitality of the wine region in the Finger Lakes.  I am now receiving requests for get-a-way properties that do not have to be on the water, “close to the winery trails and of course a great view would be nice”.    Yes, folks have been doing the winery tours for approx 25 yrs.  However in the past the tasters also wanted to finish out their weekend on the lakeside, even during unfriendly weather.  The tides seem to be changing.  

 Throw a hot tub in with a nice relaxing setting and you have paid guest for the weekend.   The tasters can hit the road in their hired limos, or designated drivers. spend the day tasting and dining their way around the lakes and then head back to their rented house, pour a full glass of their favorite vintage and relax in the hot tub – only to do it all over the next day. For these visitors, who has time for the lake ?

There will still be a demand for lakeside rentals.  The visitors to this area are expanding on their needs.  Some are coming from lakeside communities and their entire mission while in the Finger Lakes is to enjoy the wine, they will be returning to their lakeside or oceanfront homes somewhere else. 

There are some visionaries with the intent of creating a second Napa Valley type destination, where the concentration is about the wineries, and the beauty of the vineyard setting and five-star restaurants serving up local produce.  This will be an area where future wine makers will learn about the trade through seminars and hands on instruction.  They will learn about the newest and best way to train the vines, the best grapes to grow, insect management as well as disease control.  Some folks go away to practice being a cattle hand, folks will be able to come to th area and play wine maker.\

But until this evolution takes place completely in the Finger Lakes, I think the water still takes first place for tourism attraction and








Mary St,George, Associate Broker, Wine Trail Properties, 315-719-8377

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