Overview - Yates CountyNestled in the heart of Finger Lakes Wine Country, Yates County is a mostly rural, wide-open area county that contains parts of three of the Finger Lakes and is known for its natural beauty. With just over 25,000 residents, Yates is one of the least-populated counties in the area; the biggest town, Milo, only has about 7,000 people. What you get instead is mostly undeveloped land with access to and sweeping vistas of Canandaigua Lake, Keuka Lake and Seneca Lake.
The county has four villages. The largest, Penn Yan (mostly in Milo), is the county seat. The wine industry is huge here; tourists stop and dozens of vineyards that dot Route 14, which runs north-south along the shoreline of Seneca Lake on the eastern edge. The surrounding counties are Ontario (the biggest around, to the north and west); Seneca, to the east; Schuyler, to the south; and Steuben, to the southwest. Keuka College is within county’s borders; Keuka Lake State Park, popular with campers, is near the college. Penn Yan has a small airport.