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 ...

  • 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

  • Lieb Cellars

    Lieb Family Cellars operates its tasting room and produces its wines at The Premium Wine Group (P...

  • Wolffer Estate

    Wölffer Estate an American Winery in the Classic European Tradition. Sagaponack, New York: Her...

  • Mogen David Wine Co.

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

  • Warm Lake Estate

    The cellar store at Warm Lake Estate is open 7 days for wine tasting, purchasing the highest rate...

  • Heron Hill Winery

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

  • Martha Clara Vineyards

    In 1978, the Entenmann family agreed to sell their family company and move on to greener pastures...

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New York on Snooth

  • Torrey Ridge Diamond Finger Lakes Semi-Sweet Table Wine 2007


    Torrey Ridge's Diamond table wine is music to your mouth. It's sweet grape flavors are amazing. Very nice wine if you enjoy a great glass of sweet wine. Read More

    Wine review by DiamondDiva

  • Wild Horse Cabernet Sauvignon 2005


    This is an excellent wine. It is bold and complex...yet leaves a smooth aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by cliffb

  • Standing Stone Vineyards Vidal Blanc Finger Lakes Vidal Ice 2004


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    Wine review by Leftonred

  • Newt Cellars Blue Newt White NV


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    Wine review by mjacquie23

  • What do Egypt, Pakistan, UAE and the U.S. have in common?Each country's legal ... week and Frank Bruni of The New York Times picked up the thread in his Diner's Journal blog. Ager asked some provocative questions, which I share here with you:"What is it about American kids? Are they less mature than young people across the world? Are they more... Read More

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  • I came across a curious report by The Chicago Tribune last week. It went like ... ... States were California, New York, Oregon and Washington. To my surprise, I recently learned that Idaho, Texas, and Arizona are giving the old timers a run for their money! Last year a New York Times article discussed how farmers in those states are moving a... Read More

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  • Manischewitz Cream White Concord Kosher NV


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    Wine review by Melchizedek47

  • Sheldrake Point Cabernet Franc 2004


    Thin start, with better earthiness to follow. Nice white pepper spice. Light for a cab franc Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Sheldrake Point Cabernet Franc 2004


    Light, smooth, and fresh! Won't overwhelm. I like how it presents a slight bitterness without being unpleasant. How polite! Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Hello all. I'm Annie, the newest member of the Snooth team. I'll be managing ... ... Wine Center here in New York City. My favorite thing about the class has been tasting the wide variety of wines. I've also enjoyed the history and viticulture classes. I recently started to fret when I realized my last three months of tasting notes were a lit... Read More

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