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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

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

  • Shalestone Vineyards

    Established: 1995 Owners: Rob Thomas and Kate Thomas Vineyards: 6.5 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon...

  • Taylor Family Vineyards

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Vizcarra Vineyards at Becker Farms

    Like a great love story, wine takes time to develop. The sun shines. The grapes ripen. The harves...

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New York on Snooth

  • Reading Judt's "Postwar" right now and it makes me want to read a ... see a faux Eiffel Tower and New York New York instead of going to each of the cities they imitate.  They know it isn't the same, and they don't really care.  It's close enough for them.  For me, Eataly (right in my old neighborhood!) was a big disappointment.  I couldn't find... Read More

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  • I refreshed my memory on Lichine, after it had gathered cobwebs for a couple of ... of ... from Wikipedia:The New York Times wine critic Frank J. Prial asserted that "Alexis Lichine, the Russian-American who loved France but hated the French, taught his adopted country to drink wine". The wine world was a smaller one back then, but it's fairly... Read More

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  • Martini Rossi Asti Espumante Sparkling Wine NV


    A hint of sweetness underlying the fruit with honeyed apple. Off dry on the palate, showing a lot of sweet notes, with ripe red delicious apple, peach and apricot flavors, and just a touch of tingling acidity towards the finish. Read More

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  • Very good list.Chateau St Michelle and Columbia Crest are sister wineries, CC a ... ... there's a store in New York selling the same wine for $32. That's on the high side but the wine is generally a bit north of $20. Or you can go to a site like WIne Library where they always have some free shipping wines and they have a large selection of win... Read More

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  • Hi everyone.  This is my first post on the boards.  My wife and I are ... wines as well. We are from New York and want to focus on visiting smaller distribution wineries whose wines are harder to find out here.  We are looking to bring back a combination of wines to drink now and to save (though we have limited storage space in the city).  Pric... Read More

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  • As it happens I have three bottles of Vidal icewine in my apartment's wine ... ... I have had Canadian and New York Ice Wine that others have poured. My daughters like such wines, so there will be no doubt they'll get consumed. These are all 375s, while the eiswein and sauternes and tokaji and port and sherry and madeira, etc. I've bought in ... Read More

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  • Manischewitz Winery Concord Grape Wine Kosher NV


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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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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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