Plan Your Visit
Silver Thread’s Tasting Room is located off the beaten path, a welcome respite from the well-traveled Seneca Lake wine route. It provides breathtaking views and an opportunity to contemplate wine in a quiet, natural setting. Our knowledgeable, professional staff and expressive wines ensure a memorable experience. Due to the small size of the tasting room, groups of 8 or more may taste by pre-arranged appointment only. Our narrow gravel driveway and small parking lot do not allow for large vehicles such as stretch limousines, buses and RVs. We thank you in advance for respecting this.
From NYS Route 414, winery signs will lead you to Caywood Road. About 1/4 mile down, the paved road turns to a privately-maintained gravel road. Enjoy the expansive views of the lake and the Doyle Family’s massive Chardonnay vineyard as you approach Silver Thread. Follow the signs along the gravel road about 3/4 of a mile. Our vineyard begins just after you cross a rustic cattle bridge over a ravine (don’t worry–the bridge is supported by two very strong concrete pilings and several steel I-beams). The road is narrow, but there is ample room to pull off to the side if you should encounter an oncoming vehicle. Please respect our neighbors by obeying the 5mph posted speed limit.
Tasting Room Experience
Silver Thread offers several wine tasting options. A standard tasting of 5 wines, chosen by the visitor and served in Riedel stemware, is available for $5. The $9 Riesling Experience Tasting is a flight-style sampling of our limited-production single-vineyard Rieslings and includes a local cheese pairing. A $9 Wine & Chocolate Tasting, also served flight-style, allows guests to pair four of our wines with four custom-made artisan chocolates. Read more here about our collaboration with Hedonist Artisan Chocolates of Rochester, NY. Wine-by-the-glass is available for $6 (any variety) and is best enjoyed outside on our deck or patio. Local cheese, chocolate and artisanal foods are featured on a sampling plate to pair with the standard tasting or wine-by-the-glass for $3. Once they arrive, most visitors choose to linger at our picturesque tasting room, enjoying a wine & food pairing experience, extended conversation with staff, or a picnic lunch. If you bring your own lunch you are welcome to use the picnic tables near our pond, or the lake-view patio and deck. Please check our web site (right sidebar) or call (607-582-6116) for current tasting room hours. We look forward to welcoming you!
Vineyard & Winery Tour with Private Tasting
On Saturdays from May through October, Silver Thread offers a Vineyard & Winery Tour with Private Tasting. Join one of Silver Thread’s owner/winemakers for a tour of the vineyard and wine cellar, followed by a private, flight-style tasting of the winery’s six estate-grown wines. Limited to 8 guests. Tours begin at 11am sharp on Saturdays, May-October. This experience is held rain or shine. Please wear close-toed shoes. $10 per person, free for Wine Club and Case Club members. Reservations required by 5pm the Friday before the tour–call (607) 582-6116 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. Read more here.
Experience Finger Lakes Preferred Host Program
Silver Thread is proud to be a “Preferred Host” with Ithaca-based Experience! The Finger Lakes, a provider of high-quality guided tours of the region. If you are looking to visit Silver Thread as part of a concierge-guided tour with full transportation offered, we highly recommend booking with Experience! The Finger Lakes. Silver Thread is part of two different tour packages: Vine, Wine & Dine on East Seneca Lake (a tour of four Seneca Lake wineries plus lunch) and Farm to Table Wine & Cooking Adventure (which involves a farm visit, winery tour and tasting, plus cooking class). Public, private, and custom tours are available through this fantastic company.
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Tasting Room Hours
December 3, 10 & 17: Saturdays 12-5pm
Dec. 18, 2016-February: Tasting and Sales by Appointment Only
March: Saturdays 12-5pm
April: Fri., Sat. & Sun. 12-5pm
May-June: Thurs., Fri., Sat., Sun. & Mon. 11am-5pm
July-August: open daily, 11am-5pm
September-October: Thurs., Fri., Sat., Sun. & Mon. 11am-5pm
November: Fri., Sat. & Sun. 12-5pm
Limos and all groups of 8 or more must have an appointment due to our small tasting room (call or e-mail at least 48 hrs. in advance). Sorry, no buses or RVs allowed on our gravel road. Dogs are not allowed inside the tasting room. Thanks for your understanding.