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 8, 2020

A once-in-a-lifetime experience in Italy

Barolo and Barbaresco tour

Nov 8 – 14, 2020
6 nights, 7 days
Milan, Barolo, Alba, and Turin

RESERVE NOW
New York Wine Events

November 7, 2020

Industry City, Brooklyn

Brooklyn Crush: Fall Edition

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

GET 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”.

GET TICKETS
New York Wine Events

August 26, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Kunde Family Winery

Join us for a Virtual Tasting. The Kunde family has farmed an 1,850-acre estate in Sonoma Valley for 100 years.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

August 19, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards

Join us for a Virtual Tasting. Great wine starts in the vineyard.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

August 12, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Dutcher Crossing Winery

Join us for a Virtual Tasting. Distinctive and hand-crafted wines produced from award-winning vineyards.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

June 12, 2020

At Your Home

RGNY At-Home Blending Session

Be your own winemaker for a day — guided by a professional on Zoom video!

PURCHASE KIT & ZOOM TICKET
New York Wine Events

May 29, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Virtual Wine & Pizza Tasting with Jamesport Vineyards

What’s better than great wine and artisanal pizza?

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 28, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Foxen Winery & Vineyard Virtual Tasting

Experience the magic of Santa Barbara wine.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 28, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Foxen Winery & Vineyard Virtual Tasting

Experience the magic of Santa Barbara wine.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 21, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Chateau Montelena Winery Virtual Tasting

This tasting will be epic.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 19, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Ridge Vineyards Virtual Tasting – Monte Bello winery

The New York Times described Ridge Monte Bello as “America’s greatest Cabernet Sauvignon.”

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 18, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Tenuta di Lilliano Virtual Tasting

Very special tasting. Don’t miss it!

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 15, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Pedroncelli Winery Virtual Tasting

Four Generations of Family Pride at Pedroncelli Winery, since 1927

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 14, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Provence Rosé Group Virtual Tasting

The best rosé in the world comes from Provence.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 13, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

St. Francis Winery Virtual Tasting

Voted “#1 in America” in 2013 and 2015 by Open Table customers.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 12, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Ridge Vineyards Virtual Tasting – Lytton Springs

The New York Times described Ridge’s Cabernet Sauvignon as America’s greatest.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 11, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Oak Farm Vineyards Virtual Tasting

Visit the famous wine-growing region of Lodi County, California – virtually!

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 8, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Goldschmidt Vineyards Virtual Tasting

Visit Sonoma County – virtually!

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

April 18, 2020

Marlboro, NY

Wines & Bites!

Hudson Valley’s yummiest wine and food tasting event

GET TICKETS
New York Wine Events

March 7, 2020

New York’s Premier Winter Wine Event

NYC Winter Wine and Food Festival

Enjoy a winter getaway without even leaving the city.

GET TICKETS
New York Wine Events

January 19, 2020

Riverhead, NY

RG|NY Blending Session

Join RG|NY winemaker Lilia Perez, for a unique tasting and blending session.

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

RELATED WINE BLOGS

Wednesday, August 12th, 2020

The Wines of Abruzzo
Located in the mountains of Central Italy along the Adriatic Sea, Abruzzo is one of Italy’s most productive wine regions. Although it’s not as large in terms of vineyard acreage in comparison to other high-yielding regions, Abruzzo pumps out over 22 million cases of wine each year. This is due to the four wine co-operatives - Read More
Read more...

Wednesday, July 29th, 2020

The Wines of Sardinia
Sardinia is a gorgeous island in the middle of the Tyrrhenian Sea off of the coast of Rome. It’s not often that an island is a featured wine region but the climate of Sardinia is unique and provides a lovely environment for winegrowing. We already know that Mediterranean climates can be very beneficial for vineyards - Read More
Read more...

Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

The Wines of Lazio
Lazio, Italy (or Latium, in Latin) has had a lackluster reputation in the wine world for a long amount of time. There isn’t really anything wrong with the region, but their grapes have just never reached their full potential. For decades, the wines grown in Lazio were simply produced for profit, and quality was pretty - Read More
Read more...
LOAD MORE