Frontenac Point Vineyard & Estate Winery
Frontenac Point Vineyard & Estate Winery
Jim, Carol, and Lawrence Doolittle
Frontenac Point Vineyard & Estate Winery Appellation Finger Lakes,
Cayuga Lake

News and Notes

Winter Schedule

The tasting room will close for the winter at 4:30 on Sunday November 20th. If you made it to Frontenac Point this season, thank you for visiting. If you didn't, we hope to see you in May 2017.

Appointments to pick up wine can be made anytime. Never hesitate to call or e-mail if you have questions.

Season Wrap-Up

Frontenac Point DeckThe 2016 growing season in our 16-acre, hand-tended vineyard was exceptionally hot and dry. But that forecasts exceptional wines from this vintage, albeit a very limited supply.

Despite the dry conditions, the roots of our 35-year-old vines go down to the bedrock where there is enough moisture for them to survive. So April 2017 will start another year in the vineyard. Meanwhile, harvest is over, the season is winding down, and the fall foliage begins.

Local Foods

Black Diamond DinerNot only can you purchase local artisan cheese, sausage sticks, and crackers (including gluten-free) in our tasting room -- to enjoy on our deck overlooking Cayuga Lake or take with you -- but you can also stop at the Black Diamond Diner, the World's Tiniest Rail Car Diner. It's in a 70-year-old diesel engine on Route 89, just across from our winery entrance. The owner, Jerry Collins, will make your hot dog or sweet sausage to order with a myriad of toppings. They're open every weekend, so stop in and tell him we sent you!

Currently Featuring

Frontenac Point Vineyard and Estate Winery - Tasting

© Charles Harrington

Finally, after four years, our "White Port" is back on the wine list with a new name - Starboard. This is a blend of our Vidal and Vignoles grapes and brandy distilled from our Seyval Blanc grapes. While this is a fortified wine, the taste is delicate. Perfect after dinner or as an aperitif. Only 25 cases produced. For more information, see our wine list.

Our Chardonnay and Premium Dry Red Flights will include new releases in 2017.

Frontenac Point Bread

Frontenac Point BreadThis vineyard bread is served in our tasting room, and it's so delicious, our visitors often ask for the recipe. Try this at home and pair it with just about anything!


About Frontenac Point

Frontenac Point Vineyard
Frontenac Point Vineyard
We are on the west side of Cayuga Lake and all of the grapes used to make our wines are grown here, on slopes of low elevation, protected by a unique microclimate that is the result of the influence of Lake Ontario and the deep waters of Cayuga Lake. This provides a long growing season during which the finest grape varieties ripen perfectly to produce world-class wines.

The combination of estate-grown grapes, Cazenovia and Aurora silt loam soils, climate, and Frontenac Point's winemaking techniques produces wines that are truly appellation Cayuga Lake.

Frontenac Point produces primarily dry wines. Barrel fermentation gives the wines subtle complexity. Most of our wines are then aged in small, American oak cooperage until they are mature and ready to be bottled.

More than half of our production is red wine including Pinot Noir and Chambourcin. Our distinctive white wines include Riesling, Chardonnay, and Brut Méthod Champenoise.

Group Visits to Frontenac Point

Welcome to Frontenac Point Vineyard & Estate Winery!
Welcome to Frontenac Point Vineyard & Estate Winery!
A group of up to 8 people is welcome in the tasting room anytime on the days we are open. Standard tasting fees apply. For a group of 9 to 20 people, call or e-mail to make a reservation before noon on the days we are open. For groups of more than 8 people, there is a $7 fee to taste 5 of the wines on the regular tasting list, and you keep the unicorn signature Frontenac Point Vineyard tasting glass.

Due to the size of the tasting room, we cannot accommodate larger groups, tours, or buses. Private tastings may be arranged depending on the season and availability of the owners. Please call 607-387-9619 or e-mail to inquire.

Gift Certificates

Customized gift certificates for Frontenac Point wine are available in any amount.

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