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How About A Little Cheese With That Wine Trail?

Cate Gillon, Getty Images
Cate Gillon, Getty Images

Wine and cheese go together like Utica and Riggies, but did you know New York has a Cheese Trail?

Chances are you’ve heard of the Finger Lakes Wine Trail, but the next time you’re there you can also make your way around the Cayuga and Seneca Lake Cheese Trail.

According to, the trail takes about 4 hours of drive time, so you won’t need a designated driver(unless you stop for wine too), and you can complete it in a day.

Here are the stops in no particular order:

Engelbert Farms – operating since the early 1900’s, their cheese is made by hand from their organic cows.

Sunset View Creamery – another farm in operation since the early 1900’s, their 400 acre farm hosts the annual Finger Lakes Cheese Festival.

Shtayburne Farm – stop in to visit their new cheese processing facility added in 2010, and sample some of their cheeses in the tasting room.

Kenton’s Cheese Company – sold at the Ithaca Farmer’s Market and to local restaurants, Kenton’s Cheese is made from award winning cows.

Crosswinds Farm and Creamery – home of Brown Swiss dairy cows, and you guessed it – amazing Swiss cheese that locals rave about.

Muranda Cheese Company – with cheeses made from their own cows, you’ll want to spend hours in their tasting room.

Finger Lakes Dexter Creamery – the first and only cheese maker in the Western Hemisphere to produce authentic, probiotic Kefir cheese from Irish Dexter cows.

Side Hill Acres – the only cheese maker on the list that uses goat’s milk instead of cow milk. You can get goat milk and cheese plus other items freshly made like fudge and even soap.

So the next time you plan your Finger Lakes Wine Trail trip, make sure you schedule some extra time to explore the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail.

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