Travel to the state of New York typically brings the hustle and bustle of New York City, watching Broadway shows, visiting the Statue of Liberty and Union Square, and experiencing the exciting nightlife. New York is also rich with historical sites from the Revolutionary War, the French and Indian war, the immigration entry point of Ellis Island and much more. New York has a wide range of options for a traveler, but the savvy wine tourer knows, when you go to New York, a visit to New York wine country is a must!
New York has 4 main wine-growing regions: the Lake Erie AVA, the Finger Lakes AVA, the Hudson River Region AVA, and the Long Island AVA. The regions are home to approximately 212 wineries. The wines made in New York typically include Riesling, Seyval Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, sparkling wines, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
At last count, the 50 plus wineries at the east end of Long Island received more than one million visitors in one calendar year. With 16,000 acres of preserved land, historic sites, antique shops, beaches, and charming places to stay in the North Fork, South Fork, and the Hamptons, this fact is not surprising. Start in either North or South Fork and simply follow the green winery signs. Expect a variety of wines made from premium vinifera grapes—among the most popular are Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay.
In the Finger Lakes region on the northern shore of Canandaigua Lake, the New York Wine & Culinary Center gives you a fun variety of ways to taste, learn, and experience the wines and foods of New York State. The education-based wine and culinary center offers a fascinating curriculum of hands-on classes in wine tasting, international cooking, backyard vineyard growing, and in the summer, there is even a camp for junior chefs. Don’t miss the intriguing Pride of New York exhibit hall with its interactive displays and The Taste of New York Lounge Restaurant showcasing delightful dishes derived from New York’s bounty along with flights of wine—and beer! Long known as a destination for lovers, Niagara Falls is also for wine lovers. Niagara-on-the-Lake is home to more than 20 wineries, fine restaurants, and sublime little spots to spend a night or two.
Practically everywhere you turn in the state of New York, you’ll find a wine region worth getting to know.