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

  • Eagle Crest Vineyards

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

  • Manischewitz Winery

    Manischewitz® is a name steeped in tradition, and our commitment to tradition is reflected in our...

  • Pleasant Valley Wine Company

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

  • Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard

    Riesling-obsessed connoisseurs know how important Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard's pioneering work...

  • Mc Gregor Vineyard Winery

    The McGregor family established their winery in 1980 and began producing Chardonnay, Riesling, Ge...

  • Martha Clara Vineyards

    In 1978, the Entenmann family agreed to sell their family company and move on to greener pastures...

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New York on Snooth

  • Swedish Hill Winery Finger Lakes Spumante Blush NV

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    Fine mousse, soft red berries, some funk. Cataba, Isabella, Diamond and Delaware grapes - all new varietals for me! Tasted at the winery. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Golden Spumante Catwba NV

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    Sweet, very rich and luscious. Some dirty funkiness - brett? Tasted at the winery. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Penguin Bay Riesling NV

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    5% Residual Sugar. Some subtle funkyness, rather sweet with soft fruit. Rather average, but with a decent sweet finish. Tasted at the winery. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Swedish Hill Vineyard Red Bordeaux Blend Cayuga Lake Meritage NV

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    Off-dry with white peach flavors. Soft, fine with a nice mousse of bubbles. Tasted at the winery. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Penguin Bay Rose of Chambourcin NV

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    Steely, very plain with no finish. Some strawberry notes. Tasted at the winery. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Goose Watch Pinot Noir Cayuga Lake Brut Rosé NV

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    Light strawberry nose, delicate and soft with good acidity. Over frothy but ok. Tasted at the winery. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Swedish Hill Vineyard White Blend Finger Lakes Brut 2002

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    Dry, plain with no fruit. There was some notes of lees, but no acidity and an abrupt finish. Quite unpleasant. Tasted at the winery. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Bloomer Creek Gamay Noir Finger Lakes 2006

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    A touch of earth and cherry on the nose. Earth continues through the palate, with some soft fruits. A deeper Gamay than many, more body, and some nice tannins on the finish (long finish). Actually, almost fleshy - like a Morgon Beaujolais Cru. Tasted at the winery. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Bloomer Creek Cafe Red Finger Lakes 2006

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    Pepper and spice all round - starting with a pronounced nose of chilli peppers and white peppers. The peppers continue, although there's some green peppers too. Overall, despite the prior description, this is a soft wine with light tannins. Long finish on the tannins. A good picnic wine? Tasted at the winery. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Bloomer Creek Pinot Noir Finger Lakes 2006

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    Very light in color. Strong aromas of raspberry and some nice earthyness. Strong Strawberry flavors dominate in the mouth. Overall a very light wine (a touch tight, but still young). A nice long finish on some very gentle tannins. Very nice. Tasted at the winery. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


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