Founded by a husband-and-wife team (he is former a publishing exec; she is a former science teacher), Boundary Breaks is devoted to producing the best rieslings—dry, reserve, blends, ice wine and more—that the cooler climate of the Finger Lakes region can deliver. Set along the Seneca Wine Trail, the winery is a study in meticulous attention to grape caretaking: positioning growing shoots by hand, clearing leaves to ensure sunlight ripens each fruit cluster, gently pruning vines for maximum ripeness, utilizing a custom built trellis system.
Tasting experiences now available include a flight of wines served on the outdoor patio (masks are required), Sunset Saturdays with live music and locally-sourced dinners, and starting June 20, a reservation-only seasonal artisanal menu on Sunday afternoons. The vineyard’s chef is so passionate about sourcing local produce that he lists the farms on the back of their menu. Also, it’s one of the more pet-friendly wineries around, complete with a fenced in dog park.
Distance from NYC: 4 hours, 30 minutes