World-famous vintners Paul Hobbs of California and Johannes Selbach of the Mosel valley in Germany have recently announced their partnership in the acquisition of a 65-acre property in the Finger Lakes Wine Region of New York. The new vineyards will be on the southeastern slopes of Seneca Lake overlooking Watkins Glen and will be producing Riesling, the signature grape and wine of the region. The first vines are not expected to be planted until next year, which means that we will have to wait patiently to compare these winemakers style and quality to that of the established FLX producers. I envision this venture providing only positive benefits for the region by drawing curious visitors to the lakes. Once in the area the tourists will soon discover the abundance of world-class wineries that populate the shores of the Finger Lakes. Just like the music fan that goes to a festival to see a star headliner only to find that they like the lesser-known artists even more, I believe this will shine a bright spotlight on these talented winemakers and showcase their exceptional wines.
We took a break from the Wine Trail by driving to the south end of Seneca Lake and visiting Watkins Glen. Watkins Glen is an idyllic small town that is set in a beautiful location. The town is well-known for its racetrack and the world-famous racers and their fans that flock to the area every year. There is plenty to do in Watkins Glen and you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to explore it. Stop by the harbor and see the marina, then take a sightseeing cruise on the vintage 1934 Stroller IV to get a unique view of the lake. Watkins Glen State Park offers the chance to hike to a waterfall and surprisingly there is an entrance in the middle of town. Take a walk around the main business district and browse the eclectic shops that line the busy street. Take a break from the wineries and support the other merchants that add their own unique vibe to the region.