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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  • Concord

    Concord started out as a chance hybrid between vitis vinifera and vitis labrusca. It was first introduced in 1843 by ...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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

  • Taylor Family Vineyards

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

  • Millbrook Winery

    John S. Dyson is a pioneer in the global wine industry, an innovator in site-specific planting...

  • Manischewitz Winery

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

  • Shalestone Vineyards

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

  • Pleasant Valley Wine Company

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

  • Dr. Konstantin Frank Wine Cellars

    Dr. Konstantin Frank ignited the “Vinifera Revolution” a movement that forever changed the cou...

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  • Delicato Chardonnay California 2003


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  • The subtleties of language have long fascinated me. I make no claim to any ... ... term first showed up in the New York Times.It is certainly hipper to be a wine geek than it is to be a wine snob. The term aptly describes those who possess knowledge and lack pretension. Still, the term "wine snob" turns up more entries on a Google search than ... Read More

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  • Livingston Sangria NV


    A really cheap wine with a sweet taste to it. Smells very alcoholic after just a sip. I love it. Not a sweet wine - but a great taste with sort-of a carbonated taste. Read More

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