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 ...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

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

  • Oops Wines - Schwartz Olcott Imports

    There’s a good reason the Merlot of Chile doesn’t taste like other Merlot. Many are not entirely ...

  • Johnson Estate Ltd

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

  • Duck Walk Vineyards

    Wine has enchanted poets for centuries, and for good reason: like poetry, good wine can be an ...

  • Arcadian Estate Winery

    he idea... run a fun family winery that produces great wine! Situated in the heart of Upstate Ne...

  • Damiani Wine Cellars

    Located on the eastern shores of Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate NY, Damiani Wi...

  • Pleasant Valley Wine Company

    The Pleasant Valley Wine Company, popularly known as the Great Western Winery, located near the v...

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New York on Snooth

  • 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

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  • Lamoreaux Landing Riesling Ice Finger Lakes 2014

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    Lightly savory aromas of concentrated honey and orange blossom. Focused, juicy and sweet on the palate with thick creamy mouthfeel and bright fruit notes of ripe apple, honeyed pear and clementine juice, this is pleasant and sweet. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Mcgregor Riesling Semi-Dry 2015

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    Light floral aromas. A nicely zesty acidity comes out of the glass and mixes with minerality and a stony, steely finish. Read More

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  • Lieb Cellars Blanc de Blancs Reserve 2011

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    Soft hay, white blossom and pear aromas. A hint of sweet spice on entry, this tingles on the palate and comes with fresh lemon, pink grapefruit and a full texture. Turns creamy on the finish, with pastry cream and butter, a touch of tangerine and a light citrus and apple finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • SEPTEMBER WINES & SPIRITS IN NEW YORK HAS SOME WINES FROM DOMAINE MELARIC.Telephone: 212 388 0770 Read More

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  • DMT, welcome to the Snooth Forum.  We hope you hang around.Al's ... ... come from the Alsace, from New York state, and from Washington state.  Riesling is going to have more of a "apple" profile, than a red fruit, but the thing about it that I really think would work with your meal is that Riesling also has excellent acid--somethiing that I fi... Read More

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  • Here is a wonderful Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France. The winemaker is ... ... Jean-Paul Brun.I buy it in New York.It cost around $22 at the wine shop.   Of course if I have it shipped to me, that adds up!IT IS ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTFU Read More

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  • DMCKER...CHEERS!Thank you, DMCKER, so very much for all of that valuable ... ... to the old Allen Bank, New York...that is how I got to know about THE ISRAELI STURGEON FARMS....some good caviar...though I need THE AUTHENTIC CASPIAN!!!LET US CLOSE FOR NOW ON A HIGH NOTE!   Only to re-convene soon....how I recall your Bandol gems and the way yo... Read More

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  • Despite being the #3 region in the US by volume of wine produced, NY State is relatively undiscovered - but for choice of varietals its unmatched in the US. It grows most of the traditional varietals as well as many native american grapes that you'll rarely find elsewhere.

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