Finger Lakes Wine


The Finger Lakes wine region in upstate New York is centered around the Canandaigua (meaning “chosen place”), Keuka (“crooked”), Seneca (“stony place”) and Cayuga (“boat landing”) lakes. There are various comparisons to Germany. The climate is very cool, with short summers and frigid winters. The majority of vineyard plantings are on steep hillsides overlooking the lakes, which enables optimum sun exposure. Riesling is a varietal that responds well to these conditions, and so, as in Germany, has become the star attraction of the region.
But considering how obvious these conditions may seem to cultivating Riesling and other cool climate varietals, this is a fairly new enterprise in these parts. Most of New York state was known for producing sweet wines made from labrusca varietals such as Concord and Diamond. It was not until the efforts of Dr. Konstantin Frank that people got hip to Riesling and other European varietals here. In the Read more »

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  • 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...

  • Gewürztraminer

    Gewürztraminer’s direct and obvious charm has made it a popular varietal in almost every corner of the wine world. Ex...

  • Pinot Noir

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

Popular Wineries in Finger Lakes View all

  • Red Newt Cellars, Inc.

    Red Newt Cellars is located on the east side of Seneca Lake in the hamlet of Hector in the Finger...

  • Dr. Konstantin Frank Wine Cellars

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

  • Wagner

    Wagner Vineyards is one of the oldest and most recognized wineries in the Finger Lakes Region of ...

  • Treleaven

    A small farm winery, producing world-class TreleavenTM Wines, King Ferry Winery, is owned and ope...

  • Knapp Vineyards

    In 1977, Doug and Suzie Knapp purchased the property where Knapp Vineyards Winery and Restaurant ...

  • Bloomer Creek

    Bloomer Creek Vineyard began 30 years ago as a daydream when Kim, then a nineteen year old Cornel...

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Finger Lakes on Snooth

  • Welcome Ellen.  My wife Sandra and I enjoy the California reds, the Oregon ... ... yet been up to the Finger Lakes region however, but it's on our list.We are heading to Washington / Oregon again in 2017, this time it's more of a desire to try the wineries in Walla Walla, Washington.  We spent some quality time in the Willamette Valley of Oreg... Read More

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  • Long time lurker on both Snooth and Wine Berserkers. Why I decided to post now, ... wine. Have traveled to the Finger Lakes in NY and have loved the hiking and boating not the wine so much ( though I think the Riesling is fine just not a big fan). We have traveled to Virginia and love the wine country (but not the wines). Hoping to go to Oregon... Read More

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  • Our daughter is visiting from New Hampshire so we threw a marinated london ... ... ... and opened this 2010 NY (Finger Lakes) cab franc that she gave me several years ago. A mix of ripe black cherries and some smoke, medium amount of acidity and low to medium tannins, actually one of the better NY cab francs I've had - guess the company enhanc... Read More

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  • Thanks for the update with regard to the Finger Lakes region.  When I want a decent tasting wine for a low price, I look for the Spanish wines in the wine shop.  I haven't had good luck with Trader Joe's lately.  I tasted this $6.99 Trader Joe special a few nights ago and it was horrible.  My wife tasted it and agreed.  I poured the remaining 3/... Read More

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  • Thank You, EMARK! I last tried Lyeth several years ago and liked it. Another ... trying to find them.The NY Finger Lakes produce some really nice wines. The wineries I'm most familiar with that offer modestly priced ones are Hunt Country and Knapp.Three wonderful wine regions that I've actually visited with my college alumni group are Hudson V... Read More

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  • Some more dailies to plug holes.This may be arguably the best wine produced in ... ... 2016, Grand Rapids, MIFinger Lakes International Wine Competition 2016, Mendon, NYSome other Read More

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  • Can't help find those wines from the past as I didn't drink them, but ... ... by the same name in the FInger Lakes and they make deliberately sweet wine.That's another option actually - some states are not in the league of CA when it comes to dry wines but they can do acceptable sweet ones - New York and Michigan for example. Trump does it in... Read More

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  • RCKR1951:  I couldn't really say with any accuracy what the area may ... ... do well possibly in the Finger Lakes.  The only problem is that it tends to bud pretty early and upstate NY can certainly have those early Spring frosts.  Cab Sauv, on the other hand, buds late but you'd have to watch for that veggieness.  Yield and canopy management... Read More

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  • One other difference for the Finger Lakes:Current drought map for New York State. Orange is bad. Red is very bad. Supposedly worst since record taking began 16 years ago. Finger Lakes environs are starting to look like Paso Robles hillsides in August. Only green apparently is in watered planters and flower pots. Read More

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  • Yep, you're right DM - I left out fishing! Fishing was my favorite pastime ... main difference between the Finger Lakes district and LI, of course, is the obvious one - the cold!  The Finger Lakes minimilizes the continental climate there considerably from its deep water reserves.  As a result all wine grapes have got to be grown in near proxi... Read More

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  • Has anyone heard of a "crackling" white wine produced in the Finger Lakes?

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  • You can also check out the story about the wine master at Ravines, who studied astrophysics before returning to his winemaking roots.

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  • Posted two more stories from my Keuka Lake Wine trail series. This one is about John McGregor, an archaelolgist who came back home to run the family winery.

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  • Just finished a series of multimedia stories on the Keuka Lake wineries. I'm working on a series on the entire region for the Democrat and Chronicle. Check it out

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  • I haven't had a chance to try any Finger Lakes Rieslings in a while, but I remember liking the wines of Fox Run, Hermann Wiemer, and Sheldrake Point a lot.

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