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

  • Arcadian Estate Winery

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

  • Shalestone Vineyards

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

  • Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard

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

  • Thirsty Owl Wine Company

    Welcome to the Thirsty Owl Wine Company Thirsty Owl Wine Company is one of Cayuga Lake’s newest ...

  • Millbrook Winery

    John S. Dyson is a pioneer in the global wine industry, an innovator in site-specific planting...

  • Benmarl Winery

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

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New York on Snooth

  • Chateau Lafayette Reneau Chardonnay Blend Seneca Lake Seyval-Chardonnay NV


    Some grassiness, nice fruit, very good for the price! Easy drinking. Tasted at the winery. Read More

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  • Chateau Lafayette Reneau Chardonnay Seneca Lake Proprietor's Reserve 2005


    Vanilla tones with apple. Smooth. Full of fruits - peaches and apples with pear. Nice finish on green apples with some spicy vanilla. Tasted at the winery. Read More

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  • Chateau Lafayette Reneau Chardonnay Seneca Lake 2003


    First bottle corked. Second - vanilla and apples, very crisp, acidic. Almost spritzy in its attack. Tasted at the winery. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Chateau Lafayette Reneau Cuvee Rouge Finger Lakes NV


    Bright fruit nose (albeit plain fruits). Some earthiness. An acidic attack with a touch of sweet fruits. No finish. 1.5% residual sugar. Tasted at the winery. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • [Snooth welcomes our newest weekly contributor, Scott Rosenbaum, director of ... ... literature and design at New York University's Gallatin School. He holds the Wine & Spirits Education Trust Advanced Certificate and is currently completing their Diploma Program as well as a Master's in Food Studies at NYU. When he's not tasting wine, he can ... Read More

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  • Chateau Lafayette Reneau Cabernet Franc Finger Lakes 2003


    Nice spicy nose with bitter currants in the mouth. Very peppery, still young and tight. Tasted at the winery. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Chateau Lafayette Reneau Pinot Noir Finger Lakes 2005


    Earthy with a barnyard nose, very soft and subtle. Nice raspberry fruits and some subtle tannins. Nice, but with a short finish. Tasted at the winery. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • [Snooth welcomes Carolyn DeFir general manager/wine director of NYC's The ... ... was the general manager at New York's venerable The Red Cat restaurant.]I love my job. Really, if you think about it I get paid to drink for a living. But, more than that I get to help people discover lifes little secrets and stories through wine. I love wine. I ... Read More

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  • Chateau Lafayette Reneau Finger Lakes Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2003


    Earthy nose, some tart fruits - young raspberries and barely ripe cherries. Very dry and acidic. Bitter finish. Tasted at the winery. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • A few months ago, I wrote about the blight of students behaving badly during ... ... Lakes region of upstate New York. Ever the diligent reporter, I decided it was only prudent to go check out the stories of drunken stripping and diving into Lake Seneca myself.I was immediately disappointed as I didn't see any of the afore mentioned antics. H... Read More

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