Global marketer of wines, spirits, food and travel names Belhurst Castle and Winery best wine hotel in the U.S.

GENEVA — This isn’t the first award for Belhurst Castle and Winery in Geneva. But the latest accolade for the historic hotel and winery overlooking Seneca Lake puts this Finger Lakes attraction on the global stage. Wine Enthusiast — international marketer of wines, spirits, food and travel — has named Belhurst Castle and Winery its favorite wine hotel in the U.S.A.

Belhurst shares in a list of seven standouts from around the world. These “most unique global hotel finds” Wine Enthusiast named cover those in Portugal, Australia, Chile, Spain, Argentina, and Poland.

“To receive recognition as one of the world’s best wine hotels and the only one in the U.S. by Wine Enthusiast is a great honor," said Belhurst owner Duane Reeder. "This recognition of Belhurst brings even more recognition to the Finger Lakes region."

Home to more than 130 wineries and nearly 10,000 acres of vineyard, the region last fall won best in the nation for its wine industry and earned high honors in several categories in USA Today’s 10 Best competition. Before that, Thrillist Travel travel advisor named the Finger Lakes the number-one wine region to visit nationally in a ranking by a panel of seven sommeliers from award-winning wine bars and restaurants in cities from Miami to St. Louis and Boston.

At the Belhurst, attention from Wine Enthusiast began with an email from one of the magazine’s editors. There were questions about Belhurst history, operations and offerings. Within two weeks, folks at Belhurst received the good word.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Properties, the Belhurst has also been voted one of the Most Romantic Places in New York State, according to the Belhurst website.

Here’s what Wine Enthusiast published about the Belhurst — a place well known to those who live and work in Ontario County and the Finger Lakes region, and a place now known to the world.

Belhurst Castle and Winery | The Finger Lakes, New York

Even the East Coast of the United States can offer top-quality wine travel, like New York’s Finger Lakes region. The area’s rolling, pastoral countryside, cleaved by nearly a dozen long glacial lakes, has long been known for Rieslings, but lately has received acclaim in other varieties. 

Belhurst is home to three properties. White Springs is a 1900’s Georgian Revival farmhouse mansion where antiques abound, while the Vinifera Inn offers guests amenities like an in-room fireplace, Jacuzzi and lake views. Meanwhile, the flagship Castle Chambers Hotel is a historic stone mansion on Seneca Lake with a dramatic history.

Legend has it that 50 men spent four years building the castle for an heiress and her prized golden pheasants, which once roamed the grounds. The estate is located in an emerging farm-to-table foodie destination, the town of Geneva. The castle’s fun perks include monthly pairing dinners and a “wine spigot” in the hallways — a communal, free-flowing tap where guests can pour themselves complimentary red wine during their stay.