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Experience the Best of Winemaking at Pleasant Valley Winery

Are you dreaming of a perfect wine country getaway? Look no further than the historic Pleasant Valley Winery in Hammondsport, New York. It is known for its rich heritage and exquisite wines. It offers a unique glimpse into the heart of American winemaking. Join us in this blog as we explore what makes Pleasant Valley a must-visit spot for wine lovers and history buffs alike and learn more about how to visit.

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Exploring Pleasant Valley Winery: A Blend of History and Flavor

The Legacy of Pleasant Valley In the scenic Finger Lakes region, Pleasant Valley Wine Company holds the prestigious title of the oldest winery in the area, established in 1860. This historic winery isn’t just a landmark; it’s an integral part of the American winemaking story, recognized as U.S. Bonded Winery No. 1. A visit here is a walk through the timeline of a pioneering spirit in viticulture.

Visiting the Winery and Tours Pleasant Valley is just west of Hammondsport, at 8260 Pleasant Valley Rd., and is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. Guests can taste a selection of wines that showcase the winery’s history and craftsmanship. It’s a fantastic opportunity to see the historic stone buildings and learn about the winemaking process firsthand. These buildings, listed in 1980 on the National Register of Historic Places, share the story of the winery’s evolution from its foundation to its present-day glory under the Doyle family’s stewardship. To visit, book a guided tour that is available in the warmer months.

The Wines of Pleasant Valley

The winery features a collection of brands, each with a unique focus. Their flagship, Great Western, is known for traditional and beloved champagnes, including Brut and Rosé. The Pleasant Valley brand is renowned for fortified wines like ports and sherries. Widmer, another prominent label, offers popular wines enjoyed across Upstate New York. Autumn Frost provides refreshing choices like Blackberry Merlot for those who prefer fruit-infused varieties. Gold Seal continues the tradition with its famed Catawba Pink, while Millennium focuses on a wine crafted from Chardonnay grapes. Lastly, Brickstone Cellars is celebrated for its premium Brut and Extra Dry champagnes.

Explore Hammondsport for the Day Enhance your visit to the winery by exploring other local attractions. Stroll through the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, immerse yourself in aviation history, or unwind at Bully Hill Vineyards for more tasting experiences. Cap your day with exquisite local dishes at restaurants like the Village Tavern. Hammondsport is a beautiful place with endless things to do. It is the perfect spot for a weekend stay or a week-long vacation!

Stay at the Hammondsport Hotel

After a delightful day at Pleasant Valley Winery, there’s no better place to unwind than the Hammondsport Hotel. Located conveniently near the winery, our hotel offers excellent accommodations, top-notch amenities, and a welcoming, friendly atmosphere that captures the essence of Hammondsport. It’s the perfect base to explore the attractions and enjoy the serene beauty of the Finger Lakes region.

Standard King Room at Hammondsport Hotel

Experience the best of Hammondsport! Check availability and book your stay at the Hammondsport Hotel today to make the most of your wine-country adventure.