Our Tasting Room is Open!
Our tasting room in Hector NY is open 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm! Latest arrival for wine tastings is 4:30pm. Bottle sales until 5pm.
We welcome walk-ins for wine tasting on a first come, first serve basis. If we're unable to accommodate your party for a tasting, we offer mimosas, glasses & bottles of wine, and snacks at our outdoor seating, weather permitting, no reservations required.
We tend to be busier on afternoons and weekends so, if you would like to be guaranteed a spot for wine tasting upon arrival, we recommend making a wine tasting reservation. You can do so by clicking the link below.
We are currently accepting groups of up to 8 People Maximum and we do not accept split groups for tasting.
Our Deck and Lawn
Although we do welcome walk-ins for wine tasting, sometimes we are fully booked or simply at max capacity.
If you do not get in for a tasting right away, never fear! As the weather gets more beautiful, there is plenty of room on our gorgeous deck and lawn (weather permitting) to enjoy a glass or bottle of wine!
We are also excited to offer a selection of packaged local cheeses, cured meats and other snacks to enjoy with your wine tasting.
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.
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 are fun, knowledgeable and dedicated to providing a unique and memorable. We invite you to experience a taste of the Finger Lakes in our beautiful timber frame tasting room overlooking Seneca Lake.
In The Vineyard
Summer on the farm is bursting with life. We've wrapped up vine suckering which is the process of removing weak, sick, or poorly located vines to make room for healthy shoots to fully develop. By lowering the competition, suckering allows the vines to focus their energy and nutrients on less clusters for bigger fruit with a more intense flavor.
This time of year it's common to spot John out in the vineyard spraying the vines to protect them against powdery mildew. Powdery mildew is ever present in vineyards around the world; once it takes hold of a vineyard it can cause the grapes to split before ripening. To keep our fruit healthy and happy, John keeps a vigilant eye on the vineyards.
In The Wine Cellar
The wine cellar is bustling right now as we prepare to move our 2020 reds out of the barrels and into bottles. We are so pleased with our 2020 reds, they are lush, full-flavored, and beautifully structured. Unsurprisingly, the Pinot is John's favorite of our 2020 reds while Liz has found herself partial to the Merlot.
We're very excited to be receiving our new bottling line that we've been waiting so patiently for since the fall. We will be transitioning all of our white wines, and our semi-dry reds, to screw caps while keeping our reds with their traditional corks. The screw caps will help us keep our white wines fresher for longer, allowing us to maintain the snappy, fruity profiles that we treasure in our white and sweeter wines.