Top 8 Finger Lakes Chardonnays

 Heron Hill Winery Cork, Finger Lakes Wine

Heron Hill Winery Cork, Finger Lakes Wine

Recently, we have been purchasing a lot of Chardonnay from the Finger Lakes wine region.  My husband and I started visiting the Finger Lakes wineries regularly about five years ago.  At that time I discovered that all Rieslings were not sweet, and was pleasantly impressed by the wonderful spice of Lemberger/Blaufränkisch.  I normally avoided Chardonnays because I expected them to be similar to the buttery, oaky California Chardonnays that I do not like.  Last year, my husband and I opened-up a little more and started to try the Finger Lakes Chardonnays, and were pleasantly surprised to find that they had a striking similarity to French White Burgundies.  In particular, many resemble Chablis, with crisp citrus, lemon-lime, and green apple flavors, which I love.  The price points for the quality are also great, with most of my favorites averaging around $15.00 per bottle. 

Top 8 Finger Lakes Chardonnays I have enjoyed over my past few visits, by location.

Eastside of Seneca Lake

Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars, 2014 Unoaked Chardonnay Wine

Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars

2014 Unoaked Chardonnay - $14.99

Gold Metal 2016 Pacific Rim International Wine Competition

Citrus fruit, green apple and lemon



Silver Thread Vineyard, 2014 Chardonnay, Finger Lakes Wine

Silver Thread Vineyard

2014 Chardonnay - $16.00

100% estate grown and 150 cases produced - Light oak, but no butter and a lot of lemon.


Westside of Seneca Lake

Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard, 2014 Chardonnay, Finger Lakes Wine

Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard

2014 Chardonnay - $18.50

Partially aged in Hungarian Oak, but not oaky, or buttery. 

Light citrus, yellow apple, and a soft mineral finish



Anthony Road Wine Company, 2014 Unoaked Chardonnay, Finger Lakes Wine

Anthony Road Wine Company

2014 Unoaked Chardonnay - $16.99

Citrus, lemon and strawberry



Westside of Cayuga Lake

Thirsty Owl Wine Company, 2014 Chardonnay, Finger Lakes Wine

Thirsty Owl Wine Company

2014 Chardonnay - $13.95

Double Gold & Best in Class – 16’ International Eastern

Gold Metal – 15’ Long Beach Grand Cru

Crisp green apple notes with a light oak finish


Hosmer Winery2014 Chardonnay, Finger Lakes Wine

Hosmer Winery

2014 Chardonnay - $14.00

20% oak, 70% stainless – pineapple and citrus flavors


Eastside of Keuka Lake

Domaine Leseurre Winery, 2014 Unoaked Chardonnay, Finger Lakes Wine

Domaine LeSeurre Winery

2014 Unoaked Chardonnay - $17.99

Crisp with a lime finish



Westside of Keuka Lake

Heron Hill Winery, 2014 Ingle Vineyard Chardonnay Unoaked, Finger Lakes Wine

Heron Hill Winery

2014 Ingle Vineyard Chardonnay unoaked - $17.99

Lots of lime


This list is just a small subset of the great Chardonnays that can be found in this region.  These wines are ones I have personally had the pleasure of trying.