Since the mid-1800s, the Finger Lakes have aided in the creation of world-class wines and sparkling champagnes. During the fall and winter, these large bodies of water warm the surrounding hillsides, making grape production possible. Today, more than 90 wineries dot the shores of the Finger Lakes and Lake Ontario. Featuring 9,124 acres of vineyards and yielding 41, 403 tons of grapes, the region specializes in sparkling, Riesling, pinot noir and ice wines. Other leading varieties include chardonnay, cabernet franc and several French-American and native varietals. In addition to mouthwatering wine tastings, Finger Lakes wineries offer unique tasting rooms, picnic areas, spectacular views gourmet foods and one-of-a-kind gift shops sure to make your weekend in Wine Country an unforgettable experience.