Leidenfrost Vineyards is a small, family owned Farm-winery found in the heart of the Finger Lakes in Hector, New York. Located on the southeastern shore of Seneca Lake Leidenfrost Vineyards is an ideal microclimate to grow premium Vinifera, Labrusca and hybrid wine grapes. From vineyard to tasting room, we focus on producing small batch, hand-crafted wines made from the best estate grown grapes in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere.


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Founded in 1990, Leidenfrost Vineyards was one of the first Finger Lakes wineries to feature a broad spectrum of dry red wines, including Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Baco Noir. We also produce outstanding Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Gruner Veltliner, Sauvignon Blanc, Cayuga White, Catawba, Niagara and other flavorful white varieties. Our tasting room staff is fun, knowledgeable and dedicated to providing a unique and memorable experience of our wines. We invite you to experience a taste of the Finger Lakes in our beautiful timber frame tasting room overlooking Seneca Lake.


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Cabernet Sauvignon

Our Cabernet Sauvignon is a soft wine with integrated tannins and lingering fruit flavors. Pairs well with anything from red meat to dark chocolate. Dry. (750 ml)



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With the cold weather comes limited tasting room hours. But donít worry. We are open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10am to 5pm to welcome visitors with a hearty glass of wine! Even though things slow down in the winter, we believe this is the best time to avoid the crowds and have a more intimate experience. We also have some newly released Red wines such as the 2016 Pinot Noir and 2016 Cabernet Franc available to sample, just in time for the blustery winter weather!



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During the winter, the grape vines become dormant and our crew turns their sights on pruning the vineyard in preparation for the 2019 growing season. It may be chilly work, but an expertly pruned vine is essential to the life and longevity of the vineyard and a bountiful crop the following harvest. We look forward to seeing how our newly planted Syrah vineyard fares the winter along with our new Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet and Riesling plants.

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The 2018 White wines including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewurztraminer are being filtered and cold-stabilized in our stainless steel tanks. We plan on bottling this fantastic vintage in early spring of 2019 and they should be available for tasting and purchase around May!


We are also looking to release a new assortment of fantastic sparkling and force-carbonated wines including a bottle-fermented Catawba, which have quickly become a perennial favorite here at Leidenfrost Vineyards!