New York State is a land of many contrasts. From the hard cement sidewalks in New York City to the lush green farm fields and low valleys to the tall Adirondack Mountains, the state is a lovely place to visit winter, spring, summer or fall.
From east to west, wineries are proliferating in this state making it the third largest wine producer in the United States. Long Island has numerous wineries and not far away the Hudson River region is renowned for its wineries. Next is the Finger Lakes region where the beautiful long fingers of the lakes provide a warm growing season where grapes thrive. The last two areas of wineries are Lake Erie region and the Niagara Escarpment.
Each area has a unique terroir and is known for growing the best grapes. The Finger Lakes area grows wonderful fruit flavored Riesling and if you want a slight mineral flavored Riesling you only have to travel to some Keuka Lake wineries. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc also grow well in the Finger Lakes area. Long Island is known for its quality Merlot grapes. Hudson Valley region with 33 bonded wineries specializes in Seyval, Chardonnay, red blends and fruit wines. For Lake Erie region the ideal grapes are Seyval and Riesling. The four wineries along the Niagara Escarpment currently focus on Native and French-American varietals.
Enjoy the thriving New York State wine industry.
New York Quick Stats for 2007
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New York AVA's
Cayuga Lake (AVA)
Finger Lakes (AVA)
Hamptons Long Island (AVA)
Hudson River Region (AVA)
Lake Erie (AVA)
Long Island (AVA)
Niagara Escarpment (NY) (AVA)
North Fork of Long Island (AVA)
Seneca Lake (AVA)