• Chateau Buffalo “urban winery,” unit No. 175 at the Niagara Frontier Food Terminal, 1430 Clinton St. 704-4671. Try Beau Fleuve ice wine-style cider and a more traditional Dancing Buffalo hard cider. Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Starting at 5 p.m. on Fridays, there are $15 fondue pairings. Reserve a place online at chateaubuffalo.com.
• BlackBird Cider Works, 8503 Lower Lake Road, Barker. (585) 944-8824. Some of the dozen varieties – from honey-sweetened to bourbon-barrel aged – at Donovan Orchards near Lake Ontario. Taste four for $3. Open noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. blackbirdciders.com.
• Leonard Oakes Estate Winery, 10609 Ridge Road, Medina. (585) 318-4418. Sample wines, Steampunk hard cider and cider donuts. Pick apples, including some heirloom varieties – one dates to the fall of the Roman empire – and shop for veggies. Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. “We have over 350 different varieties planted that you can taste,” said Jonathan Oakes, family grape grower and winemaker. oakeswinery.com.
• For an orchard-side taste of McKenzie’s Hard Cider – mckenziesbeverages.com – stop in at Becker Farms, 3724 Quaker Road, Gasport. 772-2211. Tastings of Flying Bison beer and Becker’s own English-style hard cider, along with McKenzie’s black cherry, are $5 for a sampling of four. Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday. beckerfarms.com.