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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  • 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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New York on Snooth

  • Charles Smith Kungfu Girl 2013


    This off-dry riesling is smooth, slightly sweet, and just enough spicy kick to make it a summertime staple. Read More

    Wine review by fraukeiser

  • Taylor Cream Sherry NV


    The smoothest cream sherry I have ever drank Read More

    Wine review by Martha Elaine

  • Dr. Konstantin Frank Rkatsiteli 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by QuiLoxx

  • Pellegrini Vineyards Petit Verdot 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by QuiLoxx

  • Shinn Estate Vineyards Rosé Blend North Fork Rosé 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by QuiLoxx

  • Red Newt Cellars Syrah Finger Lakes Reserve 2004


    Was expecting the worst since this was a "gift", it's an '04 Finger Lakes Syrah and most likely wasn't optimally stored. In actuality, this NY Syrah is kind of nice. It is slightly brickish in color and the nose is a bit muted. There is still some nice black cherry and ripe green plum, a touch of cedar, fairly decent acidity and a pretty nice, l... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • ... beautiful, sunny, 84F New York summer for temperatures in 40s, 50s and 60s...I know... we don't have *that* kind of wine. It's just that people like to brag about Cali weather and this is my one opportunity to get back at them Read More

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  • Haha... "fortuna" is not that abundant on my end (although I do ... ... weather will be colder than New York and even rainy one of the days! Whatever will I do on a rainy day surrounded by tasting rooms.....?? Read More

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  • A sharp worm screw corkscrew will bore a new hole and most of the time pull it out. We had a cork break when I did my Zin offline. I think on a Ridge York Creek Claret. I was able to rescue the remainder with a sharp Laguiole waiters key. Interesting idea with the drill. I bet it poured kinda slow. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Drilling a Hole

  • KBS - Since you live in New York, I recommend you try some wines from the Finger Lakes region.  I haven't been up there yet, but a friend of mine has brought back a few bottles and they were very good.  White wines are decent on the east coast, but the better reds will be found on the west coast of the USA.  There are exceptions to that of cours... Read More

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