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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  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • Macari Vineyards & Winery

    Macari Vineyards, located on the North Fork of Eastern Long Island in Mattituck, is owned and ope...

  • Thirsty Owl Wine Company

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

  • Manischewitz Winery

    Manischewitz® is a name steeped in tradition, and our commitment to tradition is reflected in our...

  • Damiani Wine Cellars

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

  • Pellegrini Family Vineyards

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

  • Millbrook Winery

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

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  • Adirondack Winery Pinot Noir NV


    No written review

    Wine review by Numismatist

  • Welcome to the Snooth Forum, DD.  We hope you enjoy your stay and share ... from California, Washington, New York or Germany.  Again, there can be a lot of stylistic differences between Rieslings.   They could be bone dry or they can be very sweet.There really are no shortcuts.  You have to try a lot of wines to see what you like.  I would say... Read More

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  • Crush from New York. Though it was the email from Envoyer (small efficient discount retailer out of South Orange County) that has me thinking. Read More

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  • One of our charming new posters, cysurvivor, was fishing for recommendations ... ... since they flew out from New York, getting up at 4:30 their time (yes, that's really the middle of the night), and it was now 2:30 Pacific.  But they were looking young and strong, so off we went.There was one legal spot in the Mauritson parking lot, so I park... Read More

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  • Okay, red beets (food= safer ground than politics, but just barely) taste like ... lamb or roast beef from the New York Times circa 1966 is still the only way to do it, IMO.  I'm just thankful that we have choices of mushrooms that aren't canned, salmon isn't some generic thing that comes in a can, and my mother has divested herself of the jel... Read More

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  • Hermann J. Wiemer Riesling Dry Finger Lakes 2014


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    Wine review by Tlparadise

  • We're going very low key.  We're going to catch a movie (probably ... the Kurds recently in the New York Review of Books and learned that they celebrate New Year's on the first day of spring, which makes much more sense to me.  It's apparently the Sufi tradition, although they aren't Sufis, they are identified as Sunni.  But they go their own ... Read More

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  • Peach Chardonnay Autumn Frost Blanc NV


    It's also great with cheese and crackers. Reminds me of a granny smith apple, a little pucker, but nice. Read More

    Wine review by GrgtCutl

  • Reading Judt's "Postwar" right now and it makes me want to read a ... see a faux Eiffel Tower and New York New York instead of going to each of the cities they imitate.  They know it isn't the same, and they don't really care.  It's close enough for them.  For me, Eataly (right in my old neighborhood!) was a big disappointment.  I couldn't find... Read More

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  • I refreshed my memory on Lichine, after it had gathered cobwebs for a couple of ... of ... from Wikipedia:The New York Times wine critic Frank J. Prial asserted that "Alexis Lichine, the Russian-American who loved France but hated the French, taught his adopted country to drink wine". The wine world was a smaller one back then, but it's fairly... Read More

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