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 ...

  • Merlot

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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

  • 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...

  • Oops Wines - Schwartz Olcott Imports

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

  • Woodbury Vineyards

    Woodbury Vineyards is located in western New York's Chautauqua County, the third largest grape-gr...

  • Bully Hill Vineyards, Inc.

    Bully Hill Vineyards was the first small estate winery in the Keuka Lake area after the end of Pr...

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New York on Snooth

  • Swedish Hill Winery Finger Lakes Spumante Blush NV

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    Fine mousse, soft red berries, some funk. Cataba, Isabella, Diamond and Delaware grapes - all new varietals for me! Tasted at the winery. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Penguin Bay Riesling NV

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    5% Residual Sugar. Some subtle funkyness, rather sweet with soft fruit. Rather average, but with a decent sweet finish. Tasted at the winery. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Swedish Hill Vineyard Red Bordeaux Blend Cayuga Lake Meritage NV

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    Off-dry with white peach flavors. Soft, fine with a nice mousse of bubbles. Tasted at the winery. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Penguin Bay Rose of Chambourcin NV

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    Steely, very plain with no finish. Some strawberry notes. Tasted at the winery. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Goose Watch Pinot Noir Cayuga Lake Brut Rosé NV

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    Light strawberry nose, delicate and soft with good acidity. Over frothy but ok. Tasted at the winery. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Swedish Hill Vineyard White Blend Finger Lakes Brut 2002

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    Dry, plain with no fruit. There was some notes of lees, but no acidity and an abrupt finish. Quite unpleasant. Tasted at the winery. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Bloomer Creek Gamay Noir Finger Lakes 2006

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    A touch of earth and cherry on the nose. Earth continues through the palate, with some soft fruits. A deeper Gamay than many, more body, and some nice tannins on the finish (long finish). Actually, almost fleshy - like a Morgon Beaujolais Cru. Tasted at the winery. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Bloomer Creek Cafe Red Finger Lakes 2006

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    Pepper and spice all round - starting with a pronounced nose of chilli peppers and white peppers. The peppers continue, although there's some green peppers too. Overall, despite the prior description, this is a soft wine with light tannins. Long finish on the tannins. A good picnic wine? Tasted at the winery. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Bloomer Creek Pinot Noir Finger Lakes 2006

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    Very light in color. Strong aromas of raspberry and some nice earthyness. Strong Strawberry flavors dominate in the mouth. Overall a very light wine (a touch tight, but still young). A nice long finish on some very gentle tannins. Very nice. Tasted at the winery. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Bloomer Creek Vineyard Chardonnay Seneca Lake 2006

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    A very Burgundian wine - a touch of oak, but 50% aged in steel. The rest is aged in old oak. O nthe palate there is some soft oak, peach and stone fruit notes followed by a long finish on spice. Ultimately, not a lot of fruit - but, like i said, its avery European style. A good food wine. Tasted at the winery. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


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