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 ...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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...

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...

  • Manischewitz Winery

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

  • Pindar Vineyards

    Wine has enchanted poets for centuries, and for good reason: like poetry, good wine can be an ...

  • Mogen David Wine Co.

    Mogen David is an American fortified wine with an ABV of 13-20%, and is the “pride of Westfield...

  • Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars

    Mark Wagner founded Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars and has consistently produced award-winnning w...

  • Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard

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

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  • Ravines Wine Cellars White Blend Finger Lakes Keuka Village 2006


    Very nice crisp white wine. Light green apple smell. Tangy apple flavor just a hint of toast. Good Summer wine to enjoy picnicing with friends. Read More

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  • Arbor Mist Merlot Blackberry 1974


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  • Arbor Mist Sangria Zinf 2006


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  • Standing Stone Cailloux Finger Lakes 2005


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  • Ingle Vineyard Riesling 2005


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  • Salmon Run Riesling 2005


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  • Abarbanel Riesling Alsace Mevushal 2004


    Typical of a Riesling, this wine smells of flowers and glycerine. Very acidic wine with lots of green apple and pear on the palate. Refreshing, but with a short finish and slightly bitter mid-palate. Read More

    Wine review by shoshkosherwine

  • Folie á Deux Cabernet Sauvignon 2004


    This bottle was a recent gift from our good friend Megan. We opened it on Thanksgiving, giving it a good breath of air before pouring.Decent color, and a surprisingly strong nose that smelled strongly of ripe blueberries, cardamom, and very faint leather, this cab impressed me initially considering its sticker price. Taste was moderate, not la... Read More

    Wine review by Dave Sotelo

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