Rural Canadians learn from U.S. region: Part 10

Americana Vineyards

Lunch at Americana Vineyards / Photo: Clark Hoskin

Americana Vineyards near Interlaken was our lunch stop on Day 2. The winery is located in a circa 1820s barn saved from demolition then rebuilt with care.

The tour of the Finger Lakes by rural small business owners from Norfolk County, Canada, was organized by Norfolk County Tourism & Economic Development and sponsored by Ontario’s Southwest Tourism.

The winery is the second oldest in the area, a founding member of the Cayuga Wine Trail, featuring wines using Catawba and Niagara grapes. Ryan Scammon and his team were ready for us with soup and chowder, platters of deli meats and cheeses, bread and rolls and salads.

“I found the staff at all these businesses to be engaging and outgoing.” – comment from one of our participants

The group was offered tastings of Americana wines. Also, a new craft brewery has started up nearby. Bacchus Brewing Company currently has six beers available. They include Blonde Ale, Red Rye, IPA, Flora’s Fate Pale Ale, Bearded Brown, and Cyclhops IPA. Americana Vineyards is renovating a room below the dining area of the complex, for Bacchus to use as a tasting room.

“Loved the rural hip atmosphere of some of the tasting bars.” – comment from one of our participants

These were just a few of the stops along the way on the Norfolk County Finger Lakes Study Tour. Watch this blog for more chapters in the story. See photos of the trip on the Invest in Norfolk facebook page.

c) Clark Hoskin 2015

Finger Lakes Study Tour blog posts

  • Part 1: Wine & Culinary Centre | Technology Farm
  • Part 2: Winewagen Tours
  • Part 3: Weaverview Farms | Milly’s Pantry
  • Part 4: Yates County Arts Centre | Finger Lakes Ec Dev
  • Part 5: Climbing Bines Hop Yard & Brewery
  • Part 6: Wiemer Vineyards | Glenora Cellars
  • Part 7: Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel | Ice Bar
  • Part 8: Finger Lakes Distilling
  • Part 9: Cornell Lab of Ornithology | Ithaca Commons
  • Part 10: Americana Vineyards
  • Part 11: Seneca County Army Depot
  • Part 12: Seneca Falls
  • Part 13: Warfields Restaurant
  • Part 14: Debriefing at The Combine