est. 2013 | finger lakes, NY
Barnstormer Winery was established in 2013 on 16 acres of property, housed in a 170-year-old renovated barn. We are located on the southwestern shores of Seneca Lake and we provide a personalized, informative wine tasting experience with a quality over quantity mentality. We produce around 4,000 cases of wine annually using 100% Finger Lakes AVA fruit from seven different growers across the region. With a heavy focus on dry red wines and Riesling, we honor site and growing locations through a series of single vineyard bottlings across each vintage. Regular tasting flights are $12 for 5 wines with a newly added “Staff Picks” Reserve 5 wine fight for $16.
Due to our small space, we are encouraging reservations for groups of up to 8 guests. You may inquire through our reservation form or by calling 607-243-4008 to inquire. If you are arriving without a reservation on a busy weekend, please call us at 607-243-4008 to check availability for a walk-in tasting. Wine by the glass and pre-poured flights are available at our outdoor “Flight Bar” on weekend days, when the weather allows for groups of up to 12 guests (Cabana rentals per hour are $27 for larger groups). We are not taking groups larger than 8 at this time indoors for tastings. Our last seated wine tasting is 4:30PM. We look forward to hosting you!
Our Friday Happy Hours in February & March from 5PM – 8PM are first come first serve for seating. Dean Lane Catering bistro pop-ups and Live Music each Friday evening!
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Sustainable agriculture is a cornerstone of our brand here at Barnstormer Winery. We have developed relationships with seven different growers on Seneca Lake to ensure the grapes grown for our wines are the highest quality they can be, especially with the vast differences in growing years we experience here in our cool climate wine growing region. The Finger Lakes is a very special place, rich with an extensive grape growing and farming history. We intend to do our small part to keep it that way! Each growing site is unique with their own individual micro and mesoclimates, concentrated around the concept of terroir. These Seneca Lake vineyards benefit from the protection (cooling in the summer, warming in the winter) of deep, glacier cut lakes with Seneca having the most moderating impact, with a depth of over 600′. Being a small production winery here at Barnstormer, we have the ability to really focus on precision acreage plantings of different grape varieties. With a heavy focus on Riesling, Cabernet Franc and Blaufränkisch, we have sought out growers who are able to grow exceptional examples of these grapes. We are very proud to work with such skilled and caring farmers and we go to great lengths to ensure their hard work is carried through to produce the best wines we can. You will find that the majority of our wines are labeled as a single vineyard bottling, honoring the hard work of our growers and the unique locations of each farm. We have an intention over the next 10 – 20 years to fine tune our understanding and approach to each of our carefully selected vineyards that we work with across Seneca Lake, while continuing to make wines that honor our wonderful sense of place here.
Please request a wine tasting reservation for your next visit! Our tasting room can accommodate a small number of people at this time so reservations are highly encouraged to ensure your spot. Our seated wine tastings usually last about 30 minutes and you may choose from a pre-selected flight list of 5 wines for $12 or $16. We are only taking groups of up to 8 guests at this time for indoor tastings. We are not splitting larger groups into smaller groups.
Our outdoor FLIGHT BAR will re-open on sunny weekends starting in June of 2023! Our three summer sunshade cabanas overlooking the vineyard are available for wine by the glass and mini-wine flights ($12, 3 wines, 2oz pours), which can be reserved for your larger group (based on availability so please inquire) for sunny days. We may reserve these for 1 hour at a time, upon request with a $27 deposit per hour (refundable if we cancel due to rain) in advance. We do require pre-payment for large group by the glass or tasting fees. The cabanas will be closed during the off-season winter months and closed during rainy days. We may have to cancel your group due to rain so please plan accordingly! Please detail any requests out in your reservation submission or call the winery at: 607-243-4008.
We carry a wide range of locally made Finger Lakes cheeses, charcuterie and other goods in our winery retail shop. Our Farmed & Foraged Pairing Boards are a great addition to your tasting (serves 2 for $15 or you may request our XL board (we mean XL!) serving 6-8 for $45), so please request how many you would like in advance! We are always rotating those fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Check out our events tab for more information regarding tours, events and live music that we are offering. We can do small wedding and rehearsal dinners for up to 80 guests on the winery property, along with hosting most other types of private events after hours.
Please reach out using the contact tab on the top of the page for any additional questions or special requests for your visit. We are family and dog friendly (leashed) and look forward to hosting you soon!
The Cabanas & Flight Bar at Barnstormer
In the summer of 2020, we built three Cabanas with sunshades overlooking our vineyards and the outdoor “Flight Bar”, which can be enjoyed during the warmer months. We offer wine by the glass and a build your flight style of wine tasting out here, with 3 wines for $12 or 4 wines for $16. Want to reserve a cabana for your larger group? Since we only take groups of up to 8 indoors for our seated wine tasting experience, these Cabanas and Flight Bar are a great group option to enjoy the beautiful scenery on our 16 acre property. For groups larger than 10, we do require a $27 deposit per cabana and prepayment for the number of wine tasters or wines by the glass that you’d like your group to enjoy. Upon arrival, each guest in your group will receive a tasting or by the glass token to be used at the outdoor Flight Bar. For most afternoon groups on summer and fall weekends due to how busy we get, we only offer wine by the glass. If you’re interested in booking your group and doing tastings, we may have some morning availability when it is still a bit slower, based on availability. Want to add on any of our Farmed & Foraged pairing boards? Our regular sized F&F board serves 2 guests for $15 and our XL F&F board serves 6-8 guests for $45 (we require advance payment for these). Please send a reservation request or call the winery at 607-243-4008 to inquire!
Would you like to host a business, team building or corporate gathering with us? These Cabana packages are a perfect excuse to get the team together. Interested in booking a private vineyard luncheon or function? Please send us an inquiry through our events tab, above.
Since our Cabanas have rain resistant covers only, we may have to cancel group requests if there is inclement weather forecasted.
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