Breweries and wineries are bubbling up throughout the New York state, making it easy and convenient for drink enthusiasts to find places to settle in and sip. We rounded up some beer and wine tours that groups can enjoy.
Great for off-site meetings and team-building activities, Crush Beer & Wine Tours offers public and private tours for groups. Its wine tours take patrons through the lush, rolling hills of the Finger Lake Wine region, led by sommelier and wine author Andrew Brooks. For those who prefer the beer scene, its custom beer tours take guests on a tantalizing trip to breweries in Rochester, New York and the Finger Lakes region. Accommodating groups of eight to more than 50, Crush Beer & Wine Tours offers tours via van or coach bus.
Rochester Pedal Tours provide a perfect way to show your group all that the Rochester craft beer scene has to offer. The pedal-powered trolley stops at three breweries of your choosing, beginning and ending at Marshall Street Bar and Grill, which is centrally located in downtown Rochester. There are 13- and 15-seat bikes, which can be rented simultaneously by large groups. For private tours, your group needs a minimum of six peddlers. For attendees that prefer something on the water, Rochester Pedal Tours offers pedal boat tours that include a 100-minute cruise down the Genesse River.
Established in 1983, The Cayuga Lake Wine Trail (in the northern part of the state) is the first organized and longest-running wine trail in the country. A five-hour winery tour features breathtaking views of Cayuga Lake and Taughannock Falls. The Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, America’s first wine trail, showcases wines that have earned more than 6,000 national and international medals. Groups of 15 can charter private tours.
With an ever-growing stream of brewery tours and wine trails, New York state is an ideal place for meeting planners to bring their attendees.
Read more about the way groups can enjoy New York state’s beverage offerings in Megan McDermott’s story, “Beer and Wine Scene Flows in the Empire State: How and Where to Tap in with Your Group,” in the November issue of Smart Meetings.