New York Wine

Though the first successful North American wine production is often credited to California, New York is where the industry was first pioneered in the United States. The Dutch and Huguenot settlers were the first to cultivate wine grapes in the 16th century. The oldest continuously operating winery, the Brotherhood Winery (which produces strictly sacramental wines, which is how they got around the Prohibition), first known as Jacques Brothers, was established in 1837. The country’s first bonded winery, the Pleasant Valley Wine Company (also known as the Great Western Wine Company), was established in the 1860s in Steuben County. 

For a long time, New York wines languished behind the high reputations of its west coast rivals. Most of the wines produced were labrusca varieties such as Concord, Diamond and Baco Noir, mostly in sweet styles that were embraced by certain drinkers, but ignored by much of the “serious” wine community. In the 1950s, Dr. Konstantin Frank immigrated Read more »

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Varietals Produced in New York View all

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Concord

    Concord started out as a chance hybrid between vitis vinifera and vitis labrusca. It was first introduced in 1843 by ...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

Subregions of New York

  • Finger Lakes

      The Finger Lakes wine region in upstate New York is centered around the Canandaigua (meani...

  • Hudson River

    "Longevity" aptly sums up the Hudson River Region of New York. The historic region claims both th...

  • Hudson Valley

Popular Wineries in New York View all

  • Bear Pond Wines

    Bear Pond Winery is located 14 miles south of Cooperstown, NY and 3 miles North of I-88 We are...

  • Anthony Road Wine Company

    Ann grew up in Rochester, New York and the New York City suburbs of New Jersey; John grew up in t...

  • Woodbury Vineyards

    Woodbury Vineyards is located in western New York's Chautauqua County, the third largest grape-gr...

  • Merritt Estate Winery

    Merritt Estate Winery was one of the first farm wineries organized in Chautauqua County under ...

  • Eagle Crest Vineyards

    Eagle Crest Vineyards was originally founded as O-Neh-Da Vineyard in 1872 by Bishop Bernard McQua...

  • Benmarl Winery

    Wine has become very important to Americans. We are becoming a country of mealtime wine consumers...

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New York on Snooth

  • Manischewitz Winery Concord Grape Wine Kosher NV


    No written review

    Wine review by christophersisk

  • Incredible dinner, one of the, if not best wine dinners I've attended. I ... your advice Dave, with the New York + Lobster Tail, and it paid off. I was the last one with food, well into the night.This was one of those tastings where everyone declared wines in advance. There was a '78 mentioned, though I paid little attention. After all, many w... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Staging Question - Burgundy...

  • Well, guess they have a bit to learn!  ;-)Hey, I'm hungry. With all ... ... cocktail and the bone-in New York steak with lobster tail add-on. Wouldn't eat the steak until the lobster was done, and might even ask for them to bring in 3 courses.Nice to live vicariously!  Enjoy, JD...&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Staging Question - Getting...

  • Then, if you want to break the budget, there's always the 1996 Quinterelli ... budget. Chambers Street in New York is a much better option than Total Wine for well selected and even aged bottles of wine from the Piedmont, amongst other areas. They'll ship to LA, no problem.You should also try some good sangiovese (Brunello di Montalcino, Chian... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Help with selecting a nice...

  • Tonight we are excited about Halloween - it has already begun with kids ... ... live simulcast at the MET in New York.  I'm talking about Tannhauser.  It was interesting but I did dose off a few times.  Anyway, Sandra really enjoyed it on her first day of retirement (not official until tomorrow though).  The wine for tonight?  A very nice, and... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • Village Tavern in Hammondsport, NY, is known for having vintage wines. You also ... ... organization, or the New York Wine and Grape Foundation, which may know about the former owners. You also could search on Facebook for Finger Lakes wine groups. That said, Arcadian was never one of the big wineries, so you may have no luck.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Looking to Redeem Myself

  • Fox Run Cab Fr/Lemberger


    No written review

    Wine review by MRSBCO

  • Merritt Estate Winery Chautauqua Blush NV


    Sweet garbage, some people like this kind of thing Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo

  • Wolffer Estate Vineyards Rosé Table Wine 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by mickeycee

  • Merritt Estate Edelweiss NV


    sweet garbage like most of their crap Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo

  • Don't forget the great collection of wines from the North Country! Thousand Islands, Coyote Moon, River Mist, Yellow Barn, Bella-Brook, Otter Creek and Tug Hill are just some of the wineries popping up here.

    Comment by 1808222KJSpirits 1808222 KJSpirits

  • I found this press release very informative as it provides very essential information regarding wine industry. I have also found different wines flavors in a very famous restaurant of New York city namely Jacksny.

    Comment by 1806758Snoother 1806758 1806758 Snoother 1806758

  • Hi New York State wine drinkers. I'm doing a Master's thesis project about wine preference and consumption in New York. If you can spare 5 minutes, please take this brief and anonymous survey to help me with my research. Thanks so much!

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  • good press release! I found an article which explain also where buy good rosé in New York!

    Comment by 1110909sophiecapucine 1110909 sophiecapucine

  • good press release! I found an article which explain also where buy good rosé in New York!

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  • The Lake Ontario Wine Trail is new and developing with six wineries: Casa Larga, Ashley Lynn, Mayers Lake Ontario, J.D.Winer Cellars, Young Summer and Thorpe. Some very nice wines being produced from them and a fun day of tasting.

    Comment by 315263Jaturan 315263 Jaturan

  • You must rent a limo and tour Seneca lake. Go through a company that knows the wineries well. There are too many to stop at all and there are some real gems in the mix. Rieslings are the traditional highlight, but other types competes for attention, too! The Gewurztraminer is excellent.

    Comment by 350983garfield715 350983 garfield715

  • Philip: I received the same shipment (from the same person ;)) and will be tasting them myself. Looking forward to your impressions.

    Comment by 28312LennThompson 28312 LennThompson

  • Snooth just received a big shipment of Finger Lakes Rieslings, we'll be tasting them over the next week or so - stay tuned for reviews

    Comment by 1Philip James 1 Philip James

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