Imagine a place where lush, rolling farmland and gorgeous blue skies are a reglar part of the landscape. A place where the summer sun drenches the countryside and vines of luscious grapes sit plump and ready to be turned into some of th emost award-winning wines in the country. A place where you open the windows and let the warm breeze wash over you and even the air smells sweet. It’s not California. It’s not Tuscany. It’s the Thousand Islands.
Surprised? Come see for yourself! The Thousand Islands region was referred to by early Native American tribes as ” the Garden of the Great Spirit”, and centuries of summers have seen vacationers building everything from lifelong memories to sprawling summer homes amongst its shorelines and shoals.
Whe the Thousand Islands-Seaway Wine Trail was established in 2007, this ripe-with-possiblity destination added another unique and exciting claim to fame: its one-of-a-kind wines. Winding through 78 miles of the scenic Thousand Islands region with seven member wineries and vineyards, the trail provides easy access to the wide variety and unique tastes of Thousand Islands wine. Wherever you are in the Thousand Islands, at least one winery is a short drive away.
Today, “The Trail” has grown to include seven wineries, on grape nursery, and nineteen vineyards. The wine trail begins near Westcott Beach and includes the Yellow Barn Winery outside of Sackets Harbor, Coyote Moon Vineyards in Clayton, the Thousand Islands Winery outside of Alexandria Bay, River Myst Winery in Ogdensburg, Venditti Vineyards in Theresa, and Otter Creek Winery in Philadelphia, NY. Several wineries are located on historic farms and have their own vineyards.
Just off the trail in Lowville, NY in Lewis County is the Tug Hill Vineyards. Wine Trail guests are encouraged to take tours of each of the wineries and sample some of their locally produced wines. The wine trail meanders throughout many beautiful sections of Jefferson County and makes a terrific day trip from any of the area’s hotels. The trail is marked by green grape cluster signs. The Trail uses NY Routes 3, 180, 12, 26, 11, and 342. The Thousand Islands-Seaway Wine Trail hosts many events throughout the year making it a must-stop destination.
Thousand Islands -Seaway Wine Trail Map & Guide available at the Chamber office
This article was written by Teresa Farrell