The weather is getting warmer, the grapevines are budding and our vineyard crew is busy tying the canes, fixing posts and wires. In the cellar, the winemakers are conducting blending sessions and readying the first round of wines to be bottled. Visitors to the tasting room are increasing on the weekends, and we have plenty of delicious selections to try.
We'd like to update you on some of the exciting events that we have planned for the next couple of months and invite you to learn more about them.
May 20, 11:00-5:00 - Seneca Lake Wine & Food Fesitval
Will be held at Clute Park in Watkins Glen. Save $5 with ticket code WSLWF. Click Buy Tickets to purchase now for discount pre-sale tickets!
June 11, 5:00-8:00 - The Vineyard Table featuring The Red Dove
An intimate dining experience deep in the heart of our vineyards. Limited to 22 guests, these seats sell out quickly.
June 17, 5:00-8:30 - Case Club Member Party
Held each year in June. We will have delectable foods prepared by Serendipity Catering that are thoughfully paired with Atwater wines as well as vineyard hayride tours, music by Sugar Still and the ever favorite vertical vintage tastings from our cellar library. If you are not a club member yet and would like to join, just purchase your first case of 12 bottles by June 1 and you are welcome to purchase member tickets. Membership applies to 2 people.
June 21, 5:00-8:30 - Summer Solstice Celebration Dinner
Join us for a special evening under the big tent on the lawn to celebrate the start of summer! Why not party on a Wednesday evening on the longest day of the year.
June 24-25, times are various - Farm to Fork Fondo -
Our Farm Winery will serve as the start-finish venue on June 25, and host a pre-ride ‘Meet the Farmers Dinner’ on June 24, catered by farm-to-table specialists Serendipity Catering. What is a Fondo you ask? It's an organized bicycle ride where you get to choose the distance best for you and stop for chef-prepared bites at farms along the way. If you are not a bicyclist and would like to be part of the fun, there is a Meal Only Registration (you don't have to ride a bike to have a great time!)
July 22-23, The Grapehound Wine Tour -
Our winery will once again be hosting this greyhound adoption themed weekend. General public is welcome to visit and learn more.
August 6, 5:00-8:00 The Vineyard Table featuring The Red Dove is the second of two dates this year.
We are pleased to be able to offer a gift of (almost) free shipping - One Cent shipping to your home or business. Minimum order - 6 bottles, through the month of October.
We are heading to The Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck this weekend for the 15th Annual Hudson Valley Wine Festival. Celebrating with our "downstate" A-Team that has been "workin" this event with us for all these years and other FLX wineries that have been doing the same.
Come and visit our booth #18 in the A Building - right up front, we've got some bundle deals for you and special commemorative wine labels applied to some Mini (splits) Stone Bridge Red bottles, 2013 Cabernet Franc, Celsius, and Sweet Niagara. Special label designed by Brian McGrane. Limited quantities.
A sustainable Farm to Food Truck! Fried chicken baby. Locally sourced....always, no matter where the truck is... They have a huge following and once you taste their scrumptious chicken, you will know why. They celebrated our 15th Anniversary with us last year and we are excited to welcome them back.
Brunch & Beliinis vineyard side with a view of Seneca Lake, just another day on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail! Omnomnomelttes is a quirky pop-up brunch bistro that features omelettes, pastries and sandwiches using fresh, local and sustainable ingredients. Paired with our flavored Bellinis made with Atwater’s Riesling Bubble, this a great way to start your journey around Seneca Lake.
Taco creations inspired by flavors all over the world, Global Taco is a local favorite. Keep an eye out for the big yellow food truck!
Global Taco is a food truck in Chemung, Steuben, & Schuyler serving tacos from around the world April-October. Schedule globaltacotruck.com!
WINERY, BREWERY & DISTILLERY TOUR
Our new Winery, Brewery and Distillery Tours are a great way to experience the unique varieties of wine, beer and spirits in the Finger Lakes. You will travel in comfort on our USCG Certified Passenger Vessel M/V REMEDY for a one hour scenic boat ride along the East side of Seneca Lake to or from Smith Park in Hector, New York.
As part of your tour, a late model Ford Transit 350 van will transport you to three first class venues in style. Along the way you will experience incredible views of Seneca Lake from award winning establishments like Atwater Estate Vineyards, Grist Iron Brewing Co., and Finger Lakes Distilling.
At Atwater Estate Vineyards and Finger Lakes Distilling you will experience a private tour and an informative tasting of their exceptional beverages. At The Grist Iron Brewing Co., you will enjoy great food and your choice of select beverages while relaxing and taking in the Finger Lakes lifestyle.
We have a maximum of two tours per day for up to 11 people per tour. Minimum age requirement of 21 years of age. Boat tour portion is completely weather dependent.
WINERY/BREWERY/DISTILLERY 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM $125.00
WINERY/BREWERY/DISTILLERY 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM $125.00
Tickets are now available for our party on the lawn.
August 8, 2015 - Celebrate Atwater Winery's 15th anniversary:
Old-time fun music by The Wiyos winner of the Independent Music Awards "Best Concept Album - Twist". Learn more here.
Fireworks, food vendors, of course cool wines. Join us under the big tent - Get Tickets Here
Bill HB294 went into effect January 1, 2015, thanks in part to the efforts of former quarterback NE Patriots - Drew Bledsoe. In March 2013, former New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe blitzed Boston in support of wine direct shipping. The former NFL star is now proprietor of Doubleback Winery in Washington state. Bledsoe tried to encourage support from others by using the Twitter hashtag #freethegrapes.
We will begin shipping via FedEx ground to consumers in MA as of 3/13/15. To celebrate this new license, we offer you this coupon code good through the month of April 2015 to save on your shipping costs: MA2015 flat rate $15 for 2-12 bottles. Enjoy!
Thank you to Free The Grapes for continued efforts to get wine shipping across state lines.
Hudson Valley Wine and Food Festival, Rhinebeck, NY opens its gates this September 6 and 7 anticipating record attendees and participants eager to taste, test and learn about award winning wines, state-of-the-art distilleries and New York State’s growing and trendy food producers. Wineries, distilleries, craft breweries and food artisans from all over New York State will present their wares while everyone from gourmands and oeneophiles to farmers and visitors will enjoy wine tasting and food sampling as well as the demonstrations by well-known chefs. The celebratory atmosphere is enhanced by live music and the anticipation surrounding the judging of the Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Competition.
Founded 13 years ago by Hudson Valley-based Wineracks.com, the Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest is held in the Dutchess County Fairgrounds Rhinebeck, New York, a beautiful historic town and area only two hours from New York City by car or train on Metro North and Amtrak. The Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest is designated as a “New York Farm Market,” which allows the participants to hold tastings and sell by the bottle which is an unusual opportunity for visitors to buy directly from the vintners themselves.
To see if anyone really reads our website posts - mention "A-Team 6" to us at our booth and we will reward you with a special magnetic gift. Thanks and hope to see you there!
V isit us at 204 N. Franklin Street, Watkins Glen, NY
Save 10% off two bottles Stone Bridge White or Red
valid until September 10, 2014
This year marks the 21st anniversary of the Grand Prix Festival of Watkins Glen and the 66th anniversary of the first post-World War II road race in the United States - held right here in Watkins Glen. As in previous years, a tribute to the Grand Prix races are featured in a variety of events during this all day festival. Events include the Walk of Fame award ceremony, a historical lecture called The Legends Speak, a pre-race Tech Inspection at Smalley's Garage, and a judged automobile show, the The Chemung Canal Trust Company Concours d'Elegance.
This year's featured marque is the MG. To see an impressive collection of MGs, be sure to visit Lafayette Park at 2 pm.
Our Stone Bridge White wine depicts 1951 race winner Phil Walters crossing Cornett's Stone Bridge along the 6.6 mile Grand Prix circuit.