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

  • Salmon Run Pinot Noir 2007

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    Not sure if I'm crazy about this one. It's very light, almost effervescent, but it doesn't do anything. The flavor just sits on my tongue and doesn't go anywhere or blossom into anything. Every sip would be forgettable - although that's not much help given the flashing lights in my rear-view mirror. Read More

    Wine review by solomania9


  • Manischewitz Cream White Concord Kosher New York Usa

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    No written review

    Wine review by Jex


  • New York, NY - April 16, 2008Users from over 40 countries now connected with local merchants and price informationSnooth, the world's most comprehensive wine review site, today announced a substantial international expansion, making the site immediately relevant for wine drinkers worldwide. Following the complete integration of a worldwide merch... Read More

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  • Dr. Konstantin Frank Rkatsiteli 2006

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    Tasted at the Wine Century annual dinner: Off dry but not overpowering at all. Rather well balanced floral and surprisingly mineral wine. Nice. Serve with asian/ spicy foods Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Wagner White Blend Seneca Lake Melody 2006

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    If i had the money,I would buy every bottle they made of this wine.A really great bottle of wine,Very light,but one of the best tasteing bottles of white wine that iv`e ever had.Easily worth the $9 a bottle.They could get $25 a bottle for it in the store. Read More

    Wine review by pappabell


  • Goose Watch White Blend Finger Lakes Melody 2005

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    This is a new up and coming wine that i think is spectacular.Buy it by the case,It`s that good. Read More

    Wine review by pappabell


  • Arbor Mist Sangria Zinf 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by crnamacka21


  • Okay, I hope I don't anger anyone for asking this, it may have been discussed before, but I can't find it. I am traveling to Manhattan in June. I have only been once before and saw the regular tourist stuff. This time I would like to see what the locals suggest. I saw the posts about Brooklyn and Long Island wineries and will try to check someth... Read More

    Forum post in the topic New York wineries and must sees?


  • Pheasant Ridge Merlot Vintner's Reserve 1999

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    No written review

    Wine review by shaunthompson


  • Swedish Hill Vineyard Old Fashioned Country Concord . United States New York NV

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    Wine review by katemcd


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