How to Plan the Ultimate New York Wine Tour

Travelers visit the state of New York throughout every season although the peak for wine touring is the summer and fall. Winter weather can bring extremely cold temperatures but summer is typically hot and sunny in most areas. Many wineries have regular hours all year long but schedules vary. For detailed information on wine tourism in New York visit New York Wines and download regional guides for each area. Modest fees for tasting are common.

Driving the Wine Routes

Long Island Wine Tours

Visitors to New York City will find Long Island is the closest wine region. The majority of wineries are located at the far eastern end of the island on the North Fork. Most are within 20 miles of each other off Route 25. Since this is also the main road through the area, driving here can mean very heavy traffic at times. Car ferries make for a pleasant drive between the two forks of Long Island. On the South Fork, resort communities offer excellent fine dining, lodging and tourist activities but once again, traffic can be a challenge. Bus and train service are available to some communities but wine tourists will want to have a vehicle or better yet, opt for an organized tour. Visit Long Island Wines for detailed information on the wineries, local events and a brochure.

Finger Lakes Wine Tours

From New York City the Finger Lakes region is a 4-5 hour drive. Train, bus and plane service are all available to the area, but visiting wineries will require either renting a car or an organized tour. The region’s lakes are long and narrow with few options to cross them so organizing your tour is important. Visit Finger Lakes Wine Country for more information on specific wine trails

Organized New York Wine Tours

One of the most enjoyable ways to visit wineries is to take a tour with a reputable local tour service. Once you no longer have to worry about drinking and driving or getting lost, you can relax and experience wine country. Guided tours can range from exclusive private limousines to affordable large bus groups. Tours can be customized to suit both wallet and palette. Most lodging facilities can make tour arrangements for you or try these sources:

Getting There

The state of New York is located on the northeast U.S. Atlantic coast and is bordered by several other U.S. states as well as Canada. Wine regions are spread out over large distances. Air service is available to multiple cities throughout the state. Many cities also have good rail service as well as bus service.