Finger Lakes Summer Fun: Three Brothers Winery

April 3, 2011 at 11:47 pm 3 comments

Wineries Seneca lake

Estrofest out on the wraparound porch of Stoney Lonesome.

On a cool Saturday afternoon we were driving between Cayuga and Seneca Lakes. On a whim, Charlie followed signs to Three Brothers Winery. Amidst  a peaceful pastoral landscape we saw a parking lot FULL of cars, limos with even a bus! That is because Three Brothers Winery is a destination in itself. There are 3 different wineries, run by three distinctly different brothers, plus a brewery — which apparently they can all agree upon.

Each winery had its own building and a completely different atmosphere with ample space for hanging out, browsing the different types of gift items and gourmet foods.

War Horse Brewery sits behind Passion Feet

War Horse Beer was our first tasting. Branding resembles a WWII Fighter Plane theme and brews have names like “Peace Bomber.” The beer is made by Honeoye Falls Custom Brew Crafters. They serve mostly Ales and Lagers, as well as a nice Iron Fireman Rootbeer.

Stoney Lonesome Estates run by Dave is “for those who appreciate the finer things in life.” These were more traditional wines of the Finger Lakes area: Reislings, Chardonnay Gewurtzaminer, (I had to look that one up) Pinot Blanc and an unusual White Merlot.

Their newest offering is “Four Degrees” of Reisling, which takes the guesswork out of whether you will get sweet or dry.

Senecca Lake Wine Trail

These students from Baird College in Miami helping to model the merch.

Passion Feet so named by “lotsa kids” Mark, is for “those who life with laughter and abandon. Charlie and I felt these were wines best enjoyed in the peak of a Finger Lakes summer day,  out on the lake, hanging out in our boat. I especially enjoyed the Slushy made with Scandelicious, their best-selling wine, and Pomegranate juice.

Seneca lake WIne Trail

Road to Bagg Dare

Separated from the other two wineries by a winding dirt road, a swamp and a couple of rusting trucks was Bagg Dare Wine Co., run by Mike, the black sheep of the family. We loved the “dive bar” décor of the tasting room. Our friendly wine steward, Angela gave us the “skinny” on how Three Brothers came to be.  She also said that Bagg Dare has live music Fridays and Saturdays during the summer, and would be revamping the menu by adding a grill this summer.

Seneca Lake Wine Trail

Bagg Dare Porch Entrance

The property was previously known as Nagy’s New Land Winery. The Three Brothers took over about 3 years ago and rebranded it — each in their own unique way.

The day we arrived was a women’s day and there were free spa treatments, samplings of tea, cheese and olive oil, and a variety of local artisans participating.

Seneca lake Wine Trail

Inside Bagg Dare — colorful decorating

If you love theme parks you will love everything about Three Brothers. It was a fun place to meet people, taste wine and shop, all cleverly packaged. But I would rather be wandering through a vineyard talking to the people who love grapes, and worry about the weather — that’s just me.

The combination of 3 wineries in one make this a very popular destination, so make sure you make reservations if you are visiting by limo or bus. On the weekends. 315-585-4432.

623 Lerch Rd., Geneva

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. thejoyofcaking  |  April 3, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Haven’t been to this winery yet but it is on my list. Thanks for the info! Looks like a fun time to me.

    Reply
  • 2. Charlie  |  April 4, 2011 at 1:10 am

    Not sure they were from Baird College. Maybe it was Barry University in Miami. Anyway, they were cool. We first met them at Muranda Farm, tasting the awesome cheeses there.

    Reply
  • 3. Sarah  |  April 4, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    This is where my girlfriends took me for my “bachelorette” party. Had a blast.

    Reply

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