Lucas Vineyards is Cayuga Lake’s oldest winery, with more to offer than world-class wines and a magnificent view of Cayuga Lake. Colorful bottles, spectacular labels, and the nautical theme "Wine if by Land-Tug if by Sea" wines have intrigued wine writers, connoisseurs, and travelers for decades. Lucas Vineyards opened the doors to the winery in 1980, the first on Cayuga Lake. That debut vintage of 400 cases won gold and silver medals at the NY State Fair Wine Competition. That was the start of a long chain of medals and awards for Lucas wines. Lucas Vineyards' most known wines are the Tug Boat wines. The nautical wines are named after one of the Founder's occupations as a Tug Boat Captain in the New York Harbor. In the early years, consumer interest in the Tug Boat Wines kept the winery afloat. Wine production has risen to 17,000 cases (approx. 40,000 gallons), mostly from estate-grown grapes. Today the business is owned and managed by Ruth Lucas. The two Lucas daughters, Ruthie and Stephanie, are employed full time by the winery as is Stephanie's husband, Jeff. The second-generation hopes that Ruth will be able to retire in a few years and enjoy the fruits of her labor.
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