Four Grape-Growing Regions of New York

by Sam Kimball
Here is a great primer to understanding what makes each New York state wine growing region great.

Did you know that New York State is actually among the top five wine producing regions in the entire country? Yep, we’re that good.

In this fabulous state, we have four main wine growing regions, or American Viticultural Areas (AVA)

Because of the varying climates of each region, their characteristics and growing seasons can be drastically different.

Our great state of New York is known for a lot of things: apples, bagels, pizza, and of course, wine! Did you know that New York State is actually among the top five wine producing regions in the entire country? Yep, we’re that good.

In this fabulous state, we have four main wine growing regions, or American Viticultural Areas (AVA): Lake Erie, the Finger Lakes, Hudson River, and the East End of the Long Island. Because of the varying climates of each region, their characteristics and growing seasons can be drastically different.

Lake Erie: Being so close to the lake has great effects on the soil in this region, creating a dense, heavy clay that makes a happy home for vineyards. This region is shared by Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio, the states the border the lake itself, and a vast majority of the grapes grown here are actually Concord and are used for juice production. You won’t find many of your common wines produced here but rather more unique French- American styles like Seyval Blanc and Vignoles, or the native Catawba and Niagara.

Hudson River: This region is like a fruit-growing haven! With the abundance of apples and now the increasing number of vineyards, it’s a bountiful harvest every year. Being surrounded by the Hudson River on one side and the Shawangunk hills on the other help to protect this beautiful region from the harsh temperatures of upstate New York. This region is also home to Brotherhood, America’s oldest continuously operating winery.


ADVERT


Long Island: Although Long Island is more than one county, this AVA only applies to Suffolk County. There are approximately 2,500 acres of wine grapes being grown exclusively in the eastern end of the North Fork of Long Island, whose maritime climate provides protection from harsh temperatures and also the moist air needed for excellent soil. Because of its similarity to the Atlantic climate of Bordeaux, you can find the classic Old World grapes like Cabernet Franc and Merlot in great popularity here.

Finger Lakes: This fantastic region of wine production has been making its way to the top of the charts for a few years now, and currently has the widest array of grapes in the entire eastern portion of North America. There are a handful of actual lakes that make up this region but the four main ones are large and are essential to the growing properties of the area. Riesling is this area’s main claim to fame, actually winning a few awards in recent years, and there is even an international wine festival hosted here.

It’s so important to support our local wineries especially because we have so many fantastic ones. The next time you’re looking for a new bottle of wine to try, check out these regions and AVAs for some inspiration. Then you can even go check out their tasting room for yourself!



FEATURED EVENTS

New York Wine Events

November 7, 2020

Brooklyn

Brooklyn Crush: Fall Edition

Experience the event Thrillist said was one of the things “You Absolutely Have to Do in NYC”

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

October 17, 2020

Chelsea, NYC

NYC Autumn Wine and Food Festival

space
Named by Wine Enthusiast magazine
“One of 12 wine festivals you should check out this fall”.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

June 20, 2020

Riverhead

North Fork Crush Wine & Artisanal Food Festival

Forget Napa–sample world class wines at a stunning vineyard without leaving New York!

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

June 2, 2020

Soho, NYC

Zinfandel Experience New York City

Sample the finest wines we present all year long.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

May 9, 2020

Industry City, Brooklyn

Brooklyn Crush: Spring Edition

Forget the plane tickets to Napa – hop the subway to Sunset Park, where we’ve transformed Industry City into a wine region!

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

March 7, 2020

New York's #1 Winter Tasting

NYC Winter Wine and Food Festival

Bid the cold adieu (for a few hours) at the 11th Annual NYC Winter Wine & Food Festival

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

December 14, 2019

Ulster & Orange Counties, NY

Wreath Fineries at the Wineries

Don’t miss the ultimate holiday wine tasting event in the Hudson Valley. Sales end Thursday, Dec 12 at 11:59pm!

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

November 14, 2019

New York, NY

Around The World In 10 Wines

Experience a global tasting in 2 hours with award-winning artisan cheese and charcuterie

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

November 9, 2019

Brooklyn

Brooklyn Crush: Fall Edition

Experience the event Thrillist said was one of the things “You Absolutely Have to Do in NYC”

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

October 19, 2019

Chelsea, NYC

NYC Autumn Wine and Food Festival

space
Named by Wine Enthusiast magazine
“One of 12 wine festivals you should check out this fall”.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

September 19, 2019

Union Square Park, NYC

Harvest In The Square

The 24th annual event is September 19 in Union Square Park in Manhattan.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

August 24, 2019

Jamesport, NY

Jazz In The Vines: Alex Bugnon & Marc Antoine

A meeting of 2 contemporary jazz giants

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

August 10, 2019

Jamesport, NY

Jazz In The Vines: Peter White

An evening with an extraordinary guitarist and performer

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

August 3, 2019

Manhattan, Chelsea Piers

Rosé Splash

Midsummer cruise

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

July 20, 2019

Riverhead

Summer Rose and Bubbly Fest

At a 200-acre vineyard. Half indoors (air-conditioned), half outdoors (ventilated tent). Free, cold bottled water & seltzer.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

July 13, 2019

Jamesport, NY

Jazz In The Vines: Spyro Gyra

A great opening evening for 2019

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

June 29, 2019

Lake George, NY

Adirondack Wine & Food Festival 2019

The 5th annual event is June 29 & 30th in scenic Lake George, NY.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

June 22, 2019

Riverhead

North Fork Crush Wine & Artisanal Food Festival

Forget Napa–sample world class wines at a stunning vineyard without leaving New York!

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

June 19, 2019

Pierre Hotel / Perrine restaurant

Fête de la Musique at Perrine

An Outdoor Festival

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

June 4, 2019

Soho, NYC

Zinfandel Experience New York City

Sample the finest wines we present all year long.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

May 18, 2019

Marlboro, NY

Wines & Bites!

Hudson Valley’s yummiest wine and food tasting event

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

May 11, 2019

Industry City, Brooklyn

Brooklyn Crush: Spring Edition

Forget the plane tickets to Napa – hop the subway to Sunset Park, where we’ve transformed Industry City into a wine region!

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

May 6, 2019

Chelsea, NYC

Oregon Wine Trail in New York City

60 Wineries sampling

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

March 26, 2019

New York, NY

NY Drinks NY Grand Tasting 2019

Join us on March 26th at the Rainbow Room in NYC for our next Grand Tasting!

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

March 9, 2019

New York's #1 Winter Tasting

NYC Winter Wine Festival

Bid the cold adieu (for a few hours) at the NYC Winter Wine Festival

PURCHASE TICKETS

RELATED WINE BLOGS

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

Wines for Hanukkah
Put on your yarmulke, it’s time for Hanukkah! Well, almost, but it is time to start preparing for your Hanukkah celebrations, and that means getting your wines now.  The best part of any Hanukkah party is the absurd amounts of delicious, wonderful foods, and they deserve to shine as brightly as the candles in your - Read More
Read more...

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

The Margaret River Region, Western Australia
Continuing with our exploration of the great state and country of Australia, we are on to the western part of the nation. The Margaret River region is a major geographical region in has only been involved in wine production for about 50 years. It sits in the farthest west area of Australia, an isolated part - Read More
Read more...

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

The Barossa Valley, South Australia
What do we really know about the wine regions of Australia? We’ve all heard the whispers in recent decades of their gorgeous wines and of course, sampled some of the viticultural beauties this country produces. But what do we truly know about the regions themselves? Let’s start with South Australia, specifically the Barossa Valley. The - Read More
Read more...
LOAD MORE