New York is considered by many to be the wine capital of the east coast. Wine is produced in several locations including the North Fork of Long Island and the Finger Lakes region in upstate New York.
Long Island first began growing wine grapes a little over 40 years ago. It has since grown from one small vineyard to over 2,500 acres of vines. It is the youngest and fastest growing wine region in New York.
In the 1970’s noble European varietal grapes were introduced to the Finger Lakes region in upstate New York which until then had been producing Native American varieties such as Concord grapes. Today over 40 different types of grapes are grown there.
Located in south eastern New York State, Long Island extends120 miles into the Atlantic Ocean. Its maritime climate, moderate temperatures, geography and soil characteristics provide ideal conditions for producing wines of exceptional quality. The North Fork of Long Island is home to the majority of vineyards.
Here, age-old growing techniques are combined with state-of-the-art technology to produce a range of world-class wines from specific varietals to selected blends. Premium vinifera grapes nurtured here include Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay and Riesling.
The Finger Lakes
Upstate New York’s scenic Finger Lakes region is considered by many as the heart and soul of New York’s wine country. Surrounded by steep mountains, the Finger Lakes themselves are an important influence with the long narrow lakes providing a modifying influence on the cool climate. The Finger Lakes are noted for their white wine production. Riesling is the signature varietal cultivated here.