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 ...

  • 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

  • Bedell Cellars

    Bedell Cellars is among the oldest and most prestigious wineries on the North Fork of Long Island...

  • Damiani Wine Cellars

    Located on the eastern shores of Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate NY, Damiani Wi...

  • Oops Wines - Schwartz Olcott Imports

    There’s a good reason the Merlot of Chile doesn’t taste like other Merlot. Many are not entirely ...

  • Shalestone Vineyards

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

  • Heron Hill Winery

    Heron Hill Winery, world-class wine, ambiance and experience. Heron Hill Winery is nestled into...

  • Merritt Estate Winery

    Merritt Estate Winery was one of the first farm wineries organized in Chautauqua County under ...

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New York on Snooth

  • Widmer Brickstone Dry Riesling 2004

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    Wine review by tommybluez


  • I went wine tasting in the Finger Lakes not too long ago and was refreshed to ... ... an interesting region. New York is the 3rd largest wine producing state, so its hardly a cottage industry, and its most known for cheaper sweet table wines, but many of the winemakers are moving away from this and are producing much drier earthier wines with... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Finger Lakes Trip Report


  • On Wednesday, March 5, Gambero Rosso landed in San Francisco with one or two ... famous one liners) about the New York event held on Monday, March 3 saying, "no one goes there anymore, it's too crowded." This must be the reason, I guess, there has been black hole of blogging about the event. I was expecting something, a word or two, a review o... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Three Glass Recap


  • Hermann J. Wiemer Riesling Finger Lakes Late Harvest 2003

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    Wine review by nohat


  • Dr. Konstantin Frank Rkatsiteli 2006

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    Wine review by DK in Mass


  • Goose Watch Traminette Finger Lakes 2006

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    Wine review by DK in Mass


  • Hermann J. Wiemer Riesling Dry 2004

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    Wine review by DK in Mass


  • New York, NY - March 5, 2008Snooth makes wine shopping more social with launch of Snooth TalkSnooth, the worlds most comprehensive wine review site, today announced the launch of Snooth Talk, the industry's first fully featured, seamlessly integrated wine forum. Snooth users can visit Talk to ask questions, give advice, debate wines and interact... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Snooth Launches Talk


  • It seems everyone knows of Sideways, but I am hoping to find some other wine ... ... Flies" about Shopsins in New York. Any other Read More

    Forum post in the topic Movies and Docs


  • Thread starter for New York City BYOB restaurants.Cube 63, 63 Clinton St, LES - tiny Japanese place. ExcellentTartine, 253 W 11th St, W. Village - tiny French bistro, no reservations and often a wait, but equally excellent. Please add yours below. Read More

    Forum post in the topic NYC BYOBs


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