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

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Concord

    Concord started out as a chance hybrid between vitis vinifera and vitis labrusca. It was first introduced in 1843 by ...

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

  • Pindar Vineyards

    Wine has enchanted poets for centuries, and for good reason: like poetry, good wine can be an ...

  • Vizcarra Vineyards at Becker Farms

    Like a great love story, wine takes time to develop. The sun shines. The grapes ripen. The harves...

  • Raphael

    The winemaking philosophy is based on an understanding of the cycle of nature, the climate and so...

  • Oops Wines - Schwartz Olcott Imports

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

  • Pellegrini Family Vineyards

    The Pellegrini Family traces its heritage in winemaking to the early 1900s when brothers Nello an...

  • Damiani Wine Cellars

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

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New York on Snooth

  • Dr. Konstantin Frank Lemberger 2011


    Fruit Forward with subtle pepper and tannin finish Read More

    Wine review by meganeh

  • Dr. Konstantin Frank Chardonnay Reserve 2011


    Notes of Butter, Butterscotch, almonds Read More

    Wine review by meganeh

  • Atwater Estate Vineyards Big Blend 2012


    Tasting NotesA grand melding of 2011 vinifera grapes mix and mingle creating an exotic lineup. Its intriguing on the palate with twists and turns of recognition. Brilliant garnet color, notes of red cherry, sweet spice and pepper with smooth, silky tannins.Vineyard NotesGROWING CONDITIONS: The Finger Lakes region dealt with its most difficult gr... Read More

    Wine review by meganeh

  • Atwater Estate Vineyards Riesling Middle Block One 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by meganeh

  • Fox Run Vineyards Hedonia Fingerlakes Traminette NV


    Wife enjoyed. I would rather have almost anything else. Read More

    Wine review by tjjm

  • Yes, agree with all postings... And I think what the beer website does is ... ... deal, but it is frustrating.New York doesn't have as many good BYOB restaurants as I would hope for. But I may be a little spoiled; at least we have some! One of my favorites is Tartine in the West Villag Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine List Directory anyone?

  • Hello Snooth friends!I found this website for beer and I was wondering if we ... know of one, at least for New York. It may help with a frequent issue: picking the best deal on the list and having the server say it's sold out or no longer available....Thank Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine List Directory anyone?

  • Why is Freemark Abbey even on the list? Is is 1976 again?LOL!  GregT only ... ... Producers in Virginia, New York, Texas, Maryland, New Mexico, Michigan, and Pennsylvania all found their way into our top 101.All said, I tend to find these "lists" hokey and horrible for the most part.  I guess I can say that I was surprised to find the likes o... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What do you think about this...

  • These Botanical Slimming Meizitang Are So Lovable and Trendy


    I began having meizitang gel about two and 1/2 months back. I identified myself not as hungry and did not want to over take in. Read More

    Wine review by Donahueds

  • Barrels are not being replaced by stainless steel for economic reasons. I ... ... ... hipster, and you live in New York, you probably don't drink Chardonnay at all but if you do, you bet your black leather jacket that it's unoaked. If you're a divorcee in New York, you drink Rombauer, which is known as "cougar juice".  So most men aren't going... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Heavily-oaked Chardonnay...

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