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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Varietals Produced in Finger Lakes View all

  • Gewürztraminer

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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

  • Hosmer Winery

    Cameron Hosmer’s father, a Syracuse textile manufacturer, had envisioned growing grapes on the ge...

  • Fox Run Vineyards

    Situated on the slopes overlooking one of the deepest parts of Seneca Lake is Fox Run -- a winery...

  • Sheldrake Point Winery

    Sheldrake Point Winery was founded in 1997. The company is licensed as a New York State Winery an...

  • Anthony Road Wine Company

    Anthony Road Wine Company (ARWC) is dedicated to producing wines that reflect the soils and cli...

  • Wagner

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

  • Zugibe Vineyards

    In June of 2005, on the banks of Seneca Lake, Zugibe Vineyards began as 23 acres of vinifera wine...

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Finger Lakes on Snooth

  • Dr Konstantin Frank Semi-Dry Riesling Finger Lakes 2016

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    Tropical fruit aromas of melon and pineapple with some green apple and lemon notes as well on the nose - very pleasant. A touch of sweetness greets the palate of this smooth, medium-full bodied wine showing notes of white peach, ripe melon and tart citrus, finishing clean and fresh with a bit of herbal complexity and lime zest. 91 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Thanks RC.  This cruise was the best one yet.  I think we will do ... in 2018 we are planning a Finger Lakes wine experience and another trip to Napa Valley / Oregon.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Viking Ocean Cruise to the...


  • Glenora Cabernet Franc 2009

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    Tried at Grapefest. Pretty good. Read More

    Wine review by effell


  • There are some sweet, or perhaps closer to 'off-dry' red wines from ... go to a few wineries in the Finger Lakes region.  We have not been up there yet but it's on our lis Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth WIne Club


  • Agness Wine Cellars Finger Lakes Semi-Dry Riesling 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by doowaa73


  • Agness Wine Cellars Finger Lakes Semi-Dry Riesling 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by doowaa73


  • Montezuma Winery Red Blend Cayuga Lake Fat Frog Red NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by pwilczek


  • Damiani Wine Cellars Riesling Semi-Dry Finger Lakes 2015

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    Clean clear and concentrated apple and pear aromas with beautiful spice. A truly well balanced wine on the palate, this has a zesty acidity, fresh peach and apple notes and a touch of sweetness and comes with a creamy mouthfeel and some oak spice towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Lamoreaux Landing Semi-Dry Riesling Finger Lakes 2015

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    Lemony zest and minerality on the nose, a stony flinty nose with green apple notes. On the palate, ripe apple, pear and peach fruit, a soft mouthfeel, light and fresh, medium low acidity and a touch of sweetness. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Lamoreaux Landing Dry Riesling Finger Lakes 2015

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    Lemon and spice on the nose, fresh and inviting. Cool and light in the mouth, this has a juicy citrus bite and a good acidity that balances out the palate leading into a touch of lemon and tangerine on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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

    Comment by 1911822Snoother 1911822 1911822 Snoother 1911822


  • You can also check out the story about the wine master at Ravines, who studied astrophysics before returning to his winemaking roots. http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20091110/ENT0304/91109018

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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. http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20091110/ENT0304/91109016

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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 http://www.democratandchronicle.com/section/wine

    Comment by 267346jblack63 267346 jblack63


  • 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.

    Comment by 77280Adam Levin 77280 Adam Levin


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