Looking for an ideal viewing spot for the solar eclipse? Try these Finger Lakes wineries

By | March 4, 2024

On Monday, April 8, the Finger Lakes will be in the path of the total solar eclipse. Shortly after 2 p.m., the moon will appear to move in front of the sun. Totality will begin at 3:20 PM and the main event will conclude at 4:33 PM

The rural setting of the Finger Lakes is ideal for viewing the solar eclipse. The weather at that time of year can be quite variable and visitors can encounter everything from clear blue skies, clouds and even – dare I say it? – snow. But is that really a problem when you’re drinking wine and enjoying a beautiful view?

Many events are planned throughout the weekend; here are 10, including recording Monday’s eclipse.

Eclipse events near Seneca Lake

Fox Run Vineyards is located on Seneca Lake.

Fox Run Vineyards is located on Seneca Lake.

Fox Run Vineyards, 670 Route 14, Penn Yan, will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will offer free eclipse viewing glasses to the first 200 visitors. It also offers eclipse-themed dishes. No reservation required.

Muranda Cheese Company, 3075 Route 96, Waterloo (halfway between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes), is hosting an eclipse viewing party from noon to 5 p.m. Available for purchase: cheese tastings, homemade charcuterie and local wine, beer, cider and special themed cocktails. Bring a blanket or chair so you can look out onto the lawn. Glasses will be provided. No entrance fee or tickets required.

Once Finger Lakes, a wine bar at 655 Route 14 near Penn Yan, will host an upscale event featuring jazz music, an eclipse signature cocktail, glasses of sought-after Finger Lakes sparkling wines, fashionable hors d’oeuvres and protective glasses. Have a tarot card read for a fee. Cocktail dress is encouraged. $99.

Explore vineyards, 468 Route 14 in Penn Yan, will host a collaborative event with Fjord Vineyards in the Hudson Valley from 2 to 5 p.m. It includes protective goggles, hors d’oeuvres, tastings with the winemakers from both vineyards and live music from Kevin Ludwig. $50.

From left to right, Angela and Kevin Cloutier of Pittsburgh and Ryan Hill and Shannon McConnell, both of Altoona, Pennsylvania, lounge outside at Three Brothers Wineries and Estates in 2017.From left to right, Angela and Kevin Cloutier of Pittsburgh and Ryan Hill and Shannon McConnell, both of Altoona, Pennsylvania, lounge outside at Three Brothers Wineries and Estates in 2017.

From left to right, Angela and Kevin Cloutier of Pittsburgh and Ryan Hill and Shannon McConnell, both of Altoona, Pennsylvania, lounge outside at Three Brothers Wineries and Estates in 2017.

Three Brothers Wineries and Estates, 623 Lerch Road, Geneva, will have its three wineries and brewery open for tastings and drinks by the glass. Limited edition beer, hard cider and low alcohol wine will be available. Eclipse viewing glasses available for purchase. The first 50 visitors will receive a crystal from Moon & Stone. Live music from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Tarot card readings are available for $20.

Ventosa Vineyards, 3440 Route 86A in Geneva, is holding an eclipse party starting at 11 a.m. Admission includes eclipse glasses and a buffet, served from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Nate Michaels will play live music from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. :30 Full cash bar. Bring chairs or blankets for the lawn. $40; $60 for patio seating.

Eclipse events near Keuka Lake

Point of the Bluff Vineyards, 10489 Route 76, Hammondsport, will host an eclipse viewing party at its pavilion from 2 to 5 p.m. It will provide custom-designed eclipse glasses and serve wine and light bites. $35.

Eclipse events near Cayuga Lake

Knapp Winery, 2770 Ernsberger Road in Romulus, will offer tastings, wines by the glass and light bites on April 8. Each tasting includes a free homemade Totality Truffle chocolate. Fire pits will be available; bring your own chairs and blankets to view the eclipse from the grounds. The Field & Vine restaurant offers a fixed price menu with advance ticket sales only.

Eclipse events near Canandaigua Lake

New York Kitchen's rooftop offers views of Canandaigua Lake.New York Kitchen's rooftop offers views of Canandaigua Lake.

New York Kitchen’s rooftop offers views of Canandaigua Lake.

New York cuisine, 800 S Main St, Canandaigua, will host an eclipse party on its outdoor patio from noon to 4:30 p.m. Enjoy eclipse-themed beer, wine and cocktail specials from Finger Lakes producers. Viewing glasses will be provided. No entrance fee. The center will also host eclipse-themed tastings and cooking classes that day, as well as events over the weekend.

Finger Lakes Community College will host a Solar Eclipse Wine Social at the Viticulture and Wine Center, 100 Empire Dr., Geneva. Enjoy award-winning wines made by student winemakers. The ticket includes two glasses of wine, hors d’oeuvres, parking, and eclipse glasses. Guided tours of the center are available from 1:00 PM to 4:45 PM (€40).

Casa Larga Vineyards, 2287 Turk Hill Road in Perinton, will host Planet Patio next to the vineyard, from 1 to 5 p.m. It includes sight glasses, a commemorative wine glass, a glass of beer or wine, a packed lunch, lawn games, live music from Jimme Leggs Trio and access to fire pits. $75.

Some wineries are still finalizing their plans, so this story may be updated with more options.

Tracy Schuhmacher covers Rochester’s food and drink scene and studied wine through WSET. The Finger Lakes are her happy place. Are you planning an eclipse-related food and drink event on April 8? Send information to tracys@gannett.com.

This article originally appeared on Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Solar eclipse 2024 events in Finger Lakes NY: Wineries to watch

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