Part of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, Three Brothers Wineries and Estates is home to three wineries, a microbrewery and a café. Owner Dave Mansfield started the vineyard eleven years ago and spent the next few years building it up to 40 acres. Mansfield named his new winery to honour his two brothers. “Each of them has a different personality, different things they like,” he said, “so that was the inspiration.”
A passport for $25 gets you into all three wineries and the microbrewery for tastings of up to five in each.
Start at the Passion Feet Wine Barn (the hopeless romantic brother) with wines named after women of distinction such as Ferocity and Audacity. We had so much fun with our server, Fiona, we had to remind ourselves that we had two other wineries to take in and taste.
Amble along a dirt road back to Bagg Dare Wine Company (after the bad boy brother) and you will be transported to the bayou with rusted out gas pumps and ancient truck shells for decoration. This tasting room serves the sweetest wines with adult-humored names.
Lastly is a step up to the classic elegant tasting room of Stony Lonesome Wine Cellars showcasing traditional Vinifera wines. Choose some wines to come home, or stand at the bar and taste taking in the breath-taking view of Seneca Lake.
Leave time for beer tasting at War Horse Brewing honoring the warriors who fought for freedom. Custom ales, lagers, seasonal beers and house made hard ciders and sodas.
Ending with an al fresco lunch at the Iron Heart Café we were spoiled for choice with homemade muffins, pizzas and fresh salads. It is a delightful way to spent part of a day learning about a variety of wines.