$55 for Guided Wine Tour of the Seneca Lake Banana Belt with Tastings from Experience! The Finger Lakes (Up to $110 Value)

Ithaca

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In a Nutshell

  • Tastings at four wineries
  • Cheese & chocolate pairings
  • Tour transportation provided
  • Discounts at each stop

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Sep 30, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Online reservation required; subject to availability. Must be 21 or older. Valid only for the Seneca Lake Banana Belt wine tour. Non-transferable. Gratuity not included. Tax included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The word tour, derived from the Latin for "circle," describes the shape tour groups create as they surround and attack their "guide," which is French for "fact pinata." Obtain candied information by any means necessary with today's Groupon: for $55, you get a guided wine tour with tastings from Experience! The Finger Lakes in Ithaca (up to a $110 value).

Ithaca residents Laura and Alan Falk and their team impart their knowledge of Seneca Lake's wineries while leading a tour of the region. Traversing the Standing Stone Vineyards, Penguin Bay Winery, Bloomer Creek Vineyards, and Damiani Wine Cellars wineries, swashbuckling oenophiles joust grape varietals, including chardonnay, pinot noir, and riesling, alongside tastefully paired local cheeses and regional chocolates. Samples culled directly from the barrel muscle in with youthful vigor, as bottled samples demonstrate the subtle maturity that wine accumulates with age. Tasters looking to celebrate a milestone or christen a newborn schooner can do so with a range of sparkling wines, ranging from dry and crisp to sweet and fruity.

At each of the four wineries visited, bacchanalians receive $5 toward purchases, picking up bottled keepsakes to remind themselves of the expansive lake vistas separating each winery and the expansive philosophical debates shared with tourmates. Tours depart from Ithaca as well as Watkins Glen, and are limited to a maximum of 12 guests, ensuring each experience along the Banana Belt is personalized.

Experience! The Finger Lakes

After a revelatory trip to Grand Teton, Yellowstone, and Glacier National Parks in 2006, outdoor enthusiasts Laura and Alan Falk cast off the shackles of software careers to begin new lives as tour guides and planners. The pair created standard tours to introduce travelers to the area's local wineries, gorges, waterfalls, and historic towns, as well as custom tours that let natives and visitors design their own experiences based on personal preferences and hunches about the location of buried treasure. Past custom tours have included birthday scavenger hunts, bachelorette weekends, and private birthday celebrations with wine tastings. Experience! The Finger Lakes draws on more than 30 years of intimate local knowledge to create lasting memories in a thriving area replete with natural beauty, rich culture, and a captivating history.

Customer Reviews

41 Ratings

It was a great time from beginning to end, would highly recommend it
Kathleen · August 27, 2013
Excellent trip-would highly recommend this. Elizabeth, our tour guide, was wonderful!
Patricia J. · August 27, 2013
Great tour guide, Chris was very helpful and informative. Enjoyed the day and opportunity to meet new people.
Stephanie H. · August 27, 2013
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    Ithaca

    237 S. Cayuga Street

    Ithaca, New York 14850

    607-233-4818

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