Review: Three Brothers Wineries & Estates
Travel guide How to get drunk in Finger Lakes Wine Country for less than $30
Every Memorial Day weekend, my boyfriend’s family goes camping together, and I’ve been lucky enough to join in on the last two years of fun. This past weekend we all went to Cayuga Lake State Park to enjoy some well-deserved rest & relaxation. And also to get day drunk all weekend (or at least that's what I personally look forward to).
Since Sunday’s weather was a little iffy, a group of us took a little day trip to Three Brothers Wineries and Estates in Geneva, NY. You know, to continue with the day drunk theme of the weekend.
With three wineries, a microbrewery, and a café all on site, Three Brothers definitely had an “adult amusement park” vibe, as it’s called in many online reviews.
What’s really interesting is the story behind the concept of Three Brothers: Dave Mansfield, owner and one of the actual three brothers in the mix, originally wanted to create a sort of one-stop-shop destination that would offer something for everyone to have a good time- beer and wine drinkers alike. So, his idea of Three Brothers was born, and each of the three wineries on site is actually modeled to give off the vibe of the different personalities of Dave and his two brothers.
This 3-in-1 concept was super unique and let us keep switching things up and exploring throughout the couple hours we spent there, instead of just sitting and drinking. Bagg Dare Wine Company was my personal favorite- with an adventurous dirt path to lead you to the winery itself, fun “backwoods bayou” inspired décor, and little risqué jokes and hidden gems at basically every turn (even in the wine names).
The self-guided aspect of everything is super chill, but a little overwhelming if you wander in aimlessly on a busy Sunday afternoon, much like we did. To make it easier on you, they push their “Tasting Passport” experience on you- which is actually a pretty good deal. $15 gets you your passport and a sample at all four spots on the grounds (and they’re not teeny tiny samples either!). Matt and I prefer beers over wines, so we opted for flights and then bought pints of what we liked after. Snagged a four pack of one of our favorites to go home with us, too, because that’s just how we do.
Not going to lie, there are plenty of ways to spend a ton of money here, if you wanted to. Want a fancy date night or just want to be boujee with ya girls? Stony Lonesome Wine Cellars is what you’re looking for. Or, maybe you want to do what we did (in true On A Dime fashion) and try a flight of five different craft beers for $10. In that case, War Horse Brewery is for you. If not, there’s plenty more to explore- hard ciders, sodas, coffee, treats, wine slushies- it’s all there.
That’s probably what I loved most about this place- the fact that there really is something for everyone, just like Mansfield originally wanted- both in terms of what you like to drink and what sort of budget you’re working with.
That, or maybe the wine slushies. Those were seriously bomb.
So when's your next summer road trip?
I personally would love to check out more of the breweries and wineries in the Finger Lakes area. Leave your favorite road trip stops (alcohol-related or not) for the summer in the comments and let me know what we should do next!