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

  • Taylor Family Vineyards

    Small family winery making less than a thousand cases a year. Producing Cabernet, Reserve Caberne...

  • Wolffer Estate

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

  • Dr. Konstantin Frank Wine Cellars

    Dr. Konstantin Frank ignited the “Vinifera Revolution” a movement that forever changed the cou...

  • Johnson Estate Ltd

    Family-owned and operated. Specializing in world-class Riesling and ice wines - including red ...

  • Shalestone Vineyards

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

  • Vizcarra Vineyards at Becker Farms

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

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  • Wolffer Estate Vineyards Rosé Table Wine 2011

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    Wine review by mickeycee


  • Merritt Estate Edelweiss NV

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    sweet garbage like most of their crap Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo


  • Of course, the good news is that vineyards in Washington State, Idaho, British ... ... Ontario and upstate New York may be the final frontier (if northern Europe and Asia are excluded for the moment).  With underworked soil and better access (so far) to melting glaciers in the Cascades and Coast Mountains, we can look forward to stupendous re... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Climate Change


  • EM - Thanks for sharing your air conditioning experiences, and that rose looks like a nice one.  Of all the repair people you have to call to your house, everyone knows this system is the most expensive.  At least they last a good long time as long as you service the filters and things of this nature.  I know that Lennox is a good brand.  The ot... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Arbor Mist Pomegranate Berry Pinot Noir NV

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    Wine review by michelspm


  • Wayne Gretzky Estates No. 99 Napa Cabernet 2013

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    The wine is a beautiful deep ruby in the glass, a classic Cabernet color. The nose is a pleasant combination of oak, black licorice and baking spice. The taste is a nice burst of jammy fruit, blackberry, plum and cassis that transitions nicely to some oak and floral notes midpalate. The tannins are young but nicely structured for a nice warm,... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Nice pics. Regarding the temps, I think part of the problem is that your ... ... might be say, 67 F.  In New York City, in mid winter, people keep their apartments at 78F. It's extremely uncomfortable for me. In the winter, I used to keep my house in the 60s because I get hot fairly quickly. The point is that's quite a range for "room temperat... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Newbie Wino with a lot to share!


  • Nice rant D!The other thing to keep in mind is that it truly is possible to ... ... Africa, Austria/Hungary, New York, Michigan, Spain, Argentina, and I'm going to see about Mexico in the near future.The problem is that it can't make great or even good wine in EVERY part of those regions.And I'm 100 pct with you on the trendies. But isn't it a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Unoaked vs Oaked Chardonnay


  • Hazlitt Vineyards White Cat Finger Lakes NV

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    Love the white cat wine I recently tried while i was visiting NY, would love to buy it on line if I could. Read More

    Wine review by teresa hutchens


  • An interesting-looking event in NYC. Wasn't aware Bonné had migrated ... these days, relocating to New York after 15 years on the West Coast, and balancing his diverse assignments as the San Francisco Chronicle's contributing wine editor, senior contributing editor for Punch, and the U.S. columnist for Decanter magazine.His years of research, t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Anybody bought this book?


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