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5882 Route 414
Hector, NY 14841
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Tasting offered: Yes
Mon-Sun: 11:00am - 5:00pm
Winter Hours: Thur, Fri & Sat 11:00-5:00 pm. / 2019 ©Hidden Gems of America winery

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Wine: 1 stars Winery: 1 stars Ambiance: 1 starsOct 29, 2012

Not only do you get a bad taste in your mouth from bad wine, you also get a bad taste from the female in charge of Rasta Ranch. If you want recommendations for future business, my advice to the female in charge is to take a course in business tact. If by chance you stop there, it won't take you long to find out for yourself.

Wine: 1 stars Winery: 1 stars Ambiance: 1 starsOct 29, 2012

Wine: 1 stars Winery: 1 stars Ambiance: 1 starsOct 29, 2012

Danger..nasty owner ahead. We had a great time during our winery tours except for Rasta Ranch. While waiting to get in my girlfriend picked a dead flower. Then down came swooping Broom-Hilda yelling "DON'T PICK MY FLOWERS" and then promptly ran back up the ramp. My crying girlfriend and I retreated to our bus. The rest of of our group went in and came out quickly and disappointed. They said of all the wineries we visited this had the lamest wines and they were also hustled quickly out of the place. I didnt realize at the time that Broom-Hilda (no kidding, she actually looks like Broom-Hilda) was the owner but some of our group said that the husband came over to them to apologize for her and they let him know that she cost him a lot of money as we quickly left there and spent no $$ at all. BTW, what are hippies know for; not bathing and sponging off society. Yep, that about summed up this place.

Laurie Laskowski

Location: PA

Wine: 1 stars Winery: 1 stars Ambiance: 1 starsOct 19, 2012

After visiting this winery on 10/14/12, I just had to leave my review. I was a "Rasta Ranch" fan. Speaking often of the good times had there, a must stop on my infrequent, but much enjoyed wine tours-NO LONGER! The ambience went from mellow & kitchy to commercialized and bitchy. The obscenities and rudeness from staff & female owner just floored me. As I was standing in the doorway, trying to have a nice conversation with the owner, I mentioned that we always stop when we are up, even though they are not on the wine map...her reply was "nope, no map for us, why the eff do I want those a-holes here?" REALLY? Then she SCREAMED "Oh my effing GOD!" and went running towards a few guys from our group. I am not sure what they were doing to set her off, but we were bustled onto the bus and as we left, the entire staff stood on the porch holding up their middle fingers. This will be my last visit to Rasta Ranch. Too bad, it used to be a great place ok, not so much.

Lin Dovia

Location: PA

Wine: 2 stars Winery: 2 stars Ambiance: 1 starsOct 15, 2012

Very Rude people. The owner was obviously wasted and very dramatic. The wines are drinkable but nothing special. Our memory of this place will be of the owner throwing some sort of temper tantrum out front while we waited to get inside. Disappointing.

Wine: 5 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 5 starsMay 28, 2012

Favorite Wine: Piece of My Heart!

A FANTASTIC place! A must visit on any wine trip to the Watkins Glen area! Anyone who loves the 1960's will love this place! The wine is well worth your stop, add in the building and contents the wine is sold from and you will come back time and time again!

Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 starsMay 05, 2012

Favorite Wine: Ravat Blanc

Had a good time and enjoyed the staff and relaxed crowd!!!!! Some great white wines!!!!

Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 4 starsApr 27, 2012

This is a fun winery to visit. I recently took two of my friends there and we laughed and had fun with Diane. It's hippie atmosphere brings back fond memories of my days in high school, tie die, peace signs. The wine is fine!!! I have now purchased my third choice of wine. With the friendliness and good wine, it visit Rasta every time I visit Lake Seneca. If you didn't like it here, just get your nose out of your britches..

Wine: 1 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 4 starsDec 12, 2011

A very interesting little place, although the wine wasn't the greatest. We did like the ambiance, unfortunately the hostess and her staff were a bit simple and barbaric, to put it lightly. I would definitely go back again, if not for anything but the entertainment.

Wine: 1 stars Winery: 1 stars Ambiance: 1 starsAug 28, 2011

owner obviously drunk and rude...never made it past the driveway.. will probably never even purchase a bottle to try...

Amy Knapp

Location: NY

Wine: 4 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 3 starsJun 13, 2011

Favorite Wine: Arlo's Apple

I really enjoyed my first visit to the winery's. I loved the Arlo's Apple wine!!

Fred Herring

Location: NY

Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 starsApr 10, 2011

Favorite Wine: Uncle Homer's Red

I love this place! The music is from my time and the people have always been very helpful. To the snob that didn't like the winery, then stay home and maybe you won't have to have you butt kicked for your distasteful comments!

joe amarine

Location: ny

Wine: 1 stars Winery: 1 stars Ambiance: 1 starsMar 26, 2011

Favorite Wine: nothing

disgusting wine. rude employees. owner was worst of all, she was trashed, using profanity, and quite a few racial slurs. the old man was somewhat polite. the young girl who identified herself as the owner's daughter and alleged manager needed a slap across the face and a bar of soap in her mouth. the owner needs to be trained on how to speak in public and a treadmill. needless to say, wife and i will not be returning, ever. we have also reported them to the better business bureau

Jill Height

Location: Md

Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 starsJun 03, 2010

Favorite Wine: Sweet Forgiveness & Uncle Homers

Of all the wineries in N.Y. this is the BEST place to visit!

Wine: 4 stars Winery: 2 stars Ambiance: 4 starsMar 31, 2010

Favorite Wine: Uncle Homers

Good wines, but was put off by the flies gathering on the windows. Place was fun to visit. I did purchase quite a few.

Wine: 3 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 5 starsJan 23, 2010

wonderful hippie atmosphere, at least one wine for every ones taste

Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 starsJun 08, 2009

delicious wines. great atmosphere. staff is fun and promotes a good time. this is my favorite stop on a wine tour. ask for buck and don't forget to bring your kazoo!


Location: NY

Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 starsMay 31, 2009

Favorite Wine: I can't just choose one! Many were wonderful!

Favorite winery by far. Best atmosphere, Diane and Terry have the best wine. Must've bought half a case easy, a glass of course, and we plan to visit again soon! Thanks for a great time and GREAT wine!

Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 starsApr 27, 2009

Favorite Wine: piece of my heart

This has to be one of the "must stop" places on ay tour! The staff are great... people to just sit around and talk to over their wine selections. Their wine is made to fit the atmosphere meaning it is meant to be enjoyed in good company just kicking back and enjoying the times!

Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 starsApr 16, 2009

Favorite Wine: Catawba and Cayuga

We loved Rasta Ranch Vineyards! My husband and I visited there in April 2006. In fact, when we got married in August 2007, we toasted with Rasta Ranch wine in lieu of champagne. Now we are ordering more to toast with at our daughter's christening. Diane is the most grcious hostess and the Rast Ranch is the best winery in Hector hands down!

Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 starsMar 03, 2009

ooops didn't know about the stars thing.. Diane runs a great establishment! LOVE IT!! OOH RAH!

Wine: 3 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 3 starsMar 03, 2009

We love this winery!! Diane makes it a fun place even for the no so hippie jarhead! Semper fi to her son!! We love this place!

Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 starsSep 16, 2008

Favorite Wine: Seneca Rain

This place is awesome! Friendliest people on the wine trail. Tips on mixing flavors of wine for your mood. Love the hippie atmosphere. Truly a one of a kind place! Complete with entertainment when we were there.


Location: PA

Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 starsAug 25, 2008

Favorite Wine: Him- Seneca Rain, Her-Uncle Homer

We were back at the Ranch for some relaxation on Sat. What a great place. Put us down for another case of wine.


Location: OH

Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 starsJul 01, 2008

Favorite Wine: Uncle Homer's or Arlo's Apple

The best time you'll have on the whole tour. Diane and the whole staff are great people to talk to. I've been there numerous times and everyone has fun..


Location: PA

Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 starsAug 08, 2007

Favorite Wine: Uncle Homer

This place rocks. DO NOT ask who Janice is. If you can't figure it out from the music, the tie dye, the posters and the burning incense, this is not the winery for you. If you are hip with the hippies, then you will have a GREAT time. Staff really enjoys their work. Wine is drinkable any time of day. We have proven it.

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