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Wine Grape U-Pick orchards in Central New York State in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards for wine grapes that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have wine grapes orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Onondaga County

  • Black Coyote Vineyard - wine grapes, U-pick and already picked
    2939 Lafayette Rd, Lafayette, NY 13084. Phone: (315) 391-1036. Email: blackcoyotevineyard@gmail.com. Directions: 81 South - take Lafayette exit; right onto route 20; continue past intersection, take first left onto Lafayette Rd; located 1 12 miles up road on left hand side. 81 North - take Lafayette exit, left onto route 20 and continue as above. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Alternate Phone: (315) 677-8023. . Picking by appointment only; Call/email to place order for already picked grapes. 81 South - take Lafayette exit; right onto route 20; continue past intersection, take first left onto Lafayette Rd; located 1 1/2 miles up road on left hand side. 81 North - take Lafayette exit, left onto route 20 and continue as above. Picking is grape variety dependent and goes from approximately September 1st - October 31st;. Available grapes include Frontenac, Seyval, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. (ADDED: August 04, 2017)

 

Types of Grapesgrapes

There are  several; types of grapes:

  • Table Grapes for eating fresh and making juice and jelly, can be seedless or with seeds. See this page for a master list and guide to table grape varieties
  • Muscadines and Scuppernongs, Large, very sweet southern grapes with large seeds
  • Wine Grapes... for making wine.
    These are obviously specialized grapes that generally do not taste very good when eaten fresh, but do make excellent wine.  Most are Italian or French varietals (like Pinot Noir) that are grafted onto native American grape roots (like Concord) because the American variety roots are resistant to fungus and diseases that devastate vineyards.

Grape picking tips

  • Pick ripe: Grapes do not ripen after they are picked. Of course, wine grapes are unique and for sweet dessert wines, like Auslese, are often picked after a frost or after they have shriveled.  The wineyard will know what's best for you.
  • Appearance: Look for heavy, firm grapes
  • To harvest grapes, carefully cut the grape clusters from the vine using pruning shears. Be careful not to bruise or damage the fruit or the surrounding vines.

Grape recipes, canning, jelly making juice, etcFill the jars and put the lid and rings on

 

 

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)