Cayuga Lake was the first individual lake of the Finger Lakes to acquire AVA status in 1988. Forty miles long, Cayuga Lake is the longest of the eleven Finger Lakes. Much like Seneca Lake, the vineyards are planted on steep slopes, facilitating air patterns that create a microclimate in which cold air runs off the vineyards onto the lake where it warms and rises, creating a vacuum which draws more cold air from the land.
- Established: 1988
- Planted Area: 460 acres
- Predominate Soils: coming soon
- Predominate Varieties: Riesling, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Gewuztraminer, Pinot Gris