New York Wineries
Long Island Wineries
Just a little over 100-miles from the heart of New York City, Long Island stretches eastward until it splits into the two forks that form its wine regions. Offering visitors excellent tourist amenities, sandy beaches and maritime charm, it is no wonder New Yorkers have been escaping to eastern Long Island for ages. But wine tourists will also be pleased to find over forty wineries and some of New York’s best wine gems in this up and coming area.
The North Fork of Long Island is home to the majority of vineyards and wineries in the Long Island appellation. Wineries to visit include Bedell Cellars, Castello de Borghese, Palmer, Paumanok, Pellegrini, Raphael and Shinn Estate. Surrounded by water, this is the warmest growing area in the state and red wines do well here, especially Merlot. A wide variety of both red and white wines are made throughout Long Island.
The South Fork of Long Island is the locale of the exclusive resort communities of the Hamptons. There are only a handful wineries located in this area, probably due to sky-high real-estate prices, but it does provide excellent fine-dining, upscale shopping and lodging. An impressive winery facility to visit in this area is Wolffer Estate.
Finger Lakes Wineries
Central New York’s scenic Finger Lakes region is the heart and soul of the state’s wine country, delighting visitors with abundant scenic beauty and more than ninety wineries. Water also plays an important role here with the long, narrow lakes providing a modifying influence on the cool climate.
Traditionally farm country, the Finger Lakes region covers a large area of nearly 4,000 square miles. Three lakes, Seneca, Cayuga and Keuka offer visitors a good concentration of wineries, quaint small towns and stunning views of the deep blue lakes from the surrounding hillsides. In terms of wine, this area is often compared to Germany for producing white wines, most notably Riesling.
Keuka Lake is the home of Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery, the founder of modern fine wine in New York. His heirs operate the winery today and it is still considered one the best producers of Riesling in the state. Another pioneering white wine producer in this area is Heron Hill Winery. Seneca Lake’s numerous good wineries include Anthony Road, Atwater Estate, Lamoreaux Landing, Silver Thread, Standing Stone and Hermann Wiemer. High above Cayuga Lake’s many popular wineries is Sheldrake Point Winery, also a pleasant dining destination.
Hudson Valley, Lake Erie, Niagara Escarpment
New York’s other wine regions include the Hudson Valley, an emerging area for wine grapes just two hours north of New York City. On the far western end of the state are Lake Erie and the Niagara Escarpment. The Lake Erie area’s 20,000 acres of vineyard are primarily Concord grapes used for juice, but a small group of wineries also grow fine wine grapes. The Niagara Escarpment is the state’s newest viticultural region and shows potential for future development.