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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • 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

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  • Torrey Ridge Torrey Ridge Red NV


    This wine is the perfect blend of cranberry and raspberry flavors and I would highly recommend it to anyone. I've never tasted a wine this unique before. Read More

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  • Fox Run Vineyards Riesling Semi-Dry 2004


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    Wine review by tom9170

  • It seems with the turn in the weather, a lot of people are up in arms about ... ... sense umami," Rob Allen, New York Wine Co.3. "R" Wine 2005 Little R Cabernet Sauvignon: This wine opens up a little party in your mouth. It starts out with a little spice but still has lots of fruit at the back end. For those who love their medium to full... Read More

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  • Casa Larga Pinot Noir Finger Lakes 2005


    it was crisp and nice oak and raspberry tones Read More

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  • Casa Larga Gewürztraminer Finger Lakes 2006


    it had a nice spicy ring to it. it went wonderfully with three different cheeses and tart fruit Read More

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  • Last week in the Snooth forums, Philip linked to a BBC news article that ... ... Valley. Dan has an MBA from New York University and worked as an Ad Exec in New York for several years, before switching it up and trading his suit for a move out wes Read More

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  • Wild Horse Cabernet Sauvignon 2005


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  • Wine people know their geography. Not just the different countries and the ... launched her wine career at New York Wine Co. in Manhattan. So far so goo Read More

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  • Hello everybody,Would somebody hava an idea where I could find this Valsardo Reserva 2001 in New York.I have looked for it the whole week without any result.Many thanksJesus Read More

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