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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  • Gewürztraminer

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars

    Mark Wagner founded Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars and has consistently produced award-winnning w...

  • Chateau Frank

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

  • Wagner

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

  • Hosmer Winery

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

  • Lakewood Vineyards, Inc.

    In 1951, Frank Stamp, DDS decided to quit dentistry in Maryland and try his hand at farming. The ...

  • 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

  • Anyone see the latest Wine Spectator?Bruce Sanderson covered BC and Ontario. ... Fool's Mate (91).In the Finger Lakes region, they liked Flat Rock Cellars Gravity Twenty Mile Bench.And the ice wine Read More

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  • Bully Hill Vineyards Sweet Walter Red 2016


    Rich after dinner wine that is sweet with muscadine-like flavours, maybe a touch of concord. Deep ruby with a slight jam scent. Stronger than most, but wet and opulent in flavour. Very enjoyable treat. No unpleasant musk or bitter aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by Aegelis

  • I just moved to the area and am wondering where to visit? I have heard plenty ... ... New York, New Jersey and Finger Lakes areas. Please enlighten me with your knowledge! Also, know any good places to get wine Read More

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  • Dr Konstantin Frank Chardonnay Finger Lakes 2015


    Crisp and creamy, this is pleasantly fruited on the nose with a mixture of apple and apricot notes. Easy and approachable on the palate with fresh green apple, zesty lemon and warm peach flavors, finishing with a good dose of oak toast that lingers through to an earthy memory. 89 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Forge Cellars Dry Riesling 2012


    Nice dry reisling, just a bit more RS than I prefer. I would buy it again. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Dr. Konstantin Frank Rkatsiteli 2016


    Herbed lemongrass and green apple aromas with fresh cut lemon aromatics. Very citrusy on the palate with notes of fresh lemon and grapefruit, ripe pear juice and a burst of acidity on the attack that sustains throughout, this is crisp and refreshing with a warm spiced afterglow of white pepper and herbs. 89 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Dr. Konstantin Frank Riesling Dry Finger Lakes 2016


    Pleasant sweet spice and fresh fruit aromas of peach and ripe apple on the nose. Tart and focused palate of lime and grapefruit with an herbal citrus leaf mid palate and a finish of lime juice and green apple with puckering acidity throughout. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Dr Konstantin Frank Semi-Dry Riesling Finger Lakes 2016


    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

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  • Glenora Cabernet Franc 2009


    Tried at Grapefest. Pretty good. Read More

    Wine review by effell

  • 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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