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Varietal Character

You were born in the Finger Lakes, and bred to tough it out in the rough game of these northern vineyard ponds. However, it must have come as a shock to your parents the way you have developed into a natural beauty with an undeniable feminine charm. You now excel in a sport most scouts and coaches hadn’t originally envisioned for you. Your flexibility and grace have made you a fan favorite as the region’s home grown ice dancer.

Appellations Growing Cayuga Grapes

Appellations producing the most Cayuga wines:

Cayuga Grape Details


Specifically designed at Cornell University for the cold-climate conditions of New York State's Finger Lakes region, Cayuga is extensively grown there. This hybrid – a cross between the Seyval Blanc and Schuyler cultivars -- has been embraced by winemakers in eastern states and other frost-susceptible parts of North America. It is hardy, disease-resistant and produces quality fruit. It is known for its very large, high-yielding clusters. Early picking is important to maintain the grape’s acidity, fruit character and floral bouquet often associated with Riesling. Cayuga has proven to be a versatile varietal, capable of producing off-dry white wines, sparklers and, on occasion, even oak-aged table wines.

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Best-of-Appellation Wine List

See the Cayuga wines that have been advanced to Best-of-Appellation™ standing for their respective regions.

Featured Cayuga

Fox Run Vineyards NV Arctic Fox (Seneca Lake)
An outstanding white blend of Cayuga, Riesling, and Chardonnay with vibrant flavors suggesting citrus, apples, and spice. RS 2.1%
buy wine $8.99
Peninsula Cellars NV Old School White (Old Mission Peninsula)

buy wine $12.00

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