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

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • Bear Pond Wines

    Bear Pond Winery is located 14 miles south of Cooperstown, NY and 3 miles North of I-88 We are...

  • Taylor Family Vineyards

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

  • Pleasant Valley Wine Company

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

  • Arcadian Estate Winery

    he idea... run a fun family winery that produces great wine! Situated in the heart of Upstate Ne...

  • Benmarl Winery

    Wine has become very important to Americans. We are becoming a country of mealtime wine consumers...

  • Mogen David Wine Co.

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

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New York on Snooth

  • Manischewitz Winery Concord Grape Wine Kosher NV


    This is a very sweet, 'homemade-tasting' grape wine. Read More

    Wine review by christophersisk

  • Did you know that you can use statistics to figure out auction prices of wine? ... wasn't until 1990 when the New York Times published Ashenfelter's disagreement with Parker over the quality over the 1986 vintage, as well as his bold predictions about 1989 Bordeaux, which came out while the wine was 3 months in barrel and had yet to be tasted ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A+B+C= wine quality?

  • 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

    Wine review by TwoMartinis

  • Arbor Mist Merlot Blackberry 1974


    No written review

    Wine review by chels726

  • Arbor Mist Sangria Zinf 2006


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    Wine review by chels726

  • Standing Stone Cailloux Finger Lakes 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by Choirgirl21

  • Ingle Vineyard Riesling 2005


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    Wine review by lucretius

  • Salmon Run Riesling 2005


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    Wine review by lucretius

  • Last Thursday was the third(?) Wine 2.0 event. As always, held out in San ... ... so we sit here in our boxy New York offices and plug away at building Snooth into the best service it can be.I think the concept of defining Wine 2.0 is good. I'm even for an industry group. But, why so California centric? I've written about this before, but ther... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine 2.0 (from the cheap seats)

  • 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

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