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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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

  • Dr. Konstantin Frank Wine Cellars

    Dr. Konstantin Frank ignited the “Vinifera Revolution” a movement that forever changed the cou...

  • Thirsty Owl Wine Company

    Welcome to the Thirsty Owl Wine Company Thirsty Owl Wine Company is one of Cayuga Lake’s newest ...

  • Taylor Family Vineyards

    Small family winery making less than a thousand cases a year. Producing Cabernet, Reserve Caberne...

  • Wolffer Estate

    Wölffer Estate an American Winery in the Classic European Tradition. Sagaponack, New York: Her...

  • Johnson Estate Ltd

    Family-owned and operated. Specializing in world-class Riesling and ice wines - including red ...

  • Millbrook Winery

    John S. Dyson is a pioneer in the global wine industry, an innovator in site-specific planting...

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New York on Snooth

  • I've come across a few female Somms, or other certificate holders over the ... recently moved to LA from New York.Also read about a dream pizza place in LA that I'll need to check out some time soon. The place seems to have been made for someone like me...seems like it could appeal to my family as well.Jon & Vinny' Read More

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  • Okay, I still disagree.  We have a good selection of European wines here, ... Bern's or many places in New York, but the average restaurant in most eastern states has poor selection of wines compared to what we do.  Why? Because wine is not part of their daily landscape as it is here.  And because their distribution laws are spread over a numb... Read More

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  • Montezuma Winery Red Blend Cayuga Lake Fat Frog Red NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by pwilczek


  • Sounds a bit like my US experienceSan Francisco twiceNapa twiceNew York onceBoston OnceCamden Maine onceLA oncePhoenix OnceSan Diego OnceHonolulu OnceEnjoyed them allWine experience aside NewYork was Amazing was there 15 months after 9/11 was very sobering that part Read More

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  • Damiani Wine Cellars Riesling Semi-Dry Finger Lakes 2015

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    Clean clear and concentrated apple and pear aromas with beautiful spice. A truly well balanced wine on the palate, this has a zesty acidity, fresh peach and apple notes and a touch of sweetness and comes with a creamy mouthfeel and some oak spice towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Lamoreaux Landing Semi-Dry Riesling Finger Lakes 2015

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    Lemony zest and minerality on the nose, a stony flinty nose with green apple notes. On the palate, ripe apple, pear and peach fruit, a soft mouthfeel, light and fresh, medium low acidity and a touch of sweetness. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Lamoreaux Landing Dry Riesling Finger Lakes 2015

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    Lemon and spice on the nose, fresh and inviting. Cool and light in the mouth, this has a juicy citrus bite and a good acidity that balances out the palate leading into a touch of lemon and tangerine on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Stephen - I just saw this:"Dean Hewitson makes some great wines - his sons ... We in the US have Virginia, New York, Oregon and California and Australia has the same diversity.&nbs Read More

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  • Few seem to really understand or know, what is really taking place in the ... ... for purchase in New York, Pennsylvania, Montana, Massachusetts and Washington, D.CBear in mind, that production is still limited.                   &nbs Read More

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  • Fulkerson Estate Juicy Sweet Riesling Finger Lakes 2016

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    Minerally melon and lemon drop aromas. A bit thin on entry with sweet apple and peach flavors - off dry and soft. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • good press release! I found an article which explain also where buy good rosé in New York! http://www.frenchcultureguide.com/07/798/

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  • good press release! I found an article which explain also where buy good rosé in New York! http://www.frenchcultureguide.com/07/798/

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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.

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  • 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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