New York wine refers to wine made from grapes grown in the state of New York. Wines produced in New York state don’t get the recognition they deserve. Although New York wine production began in the 17th century with Dutch and Huguenot plantings in the Hudson Valley, commercial production did not begin until the 19th century.
Brotherhood Winery in the Hudson Valley is the oldest continuously operating winery in the United States.
And the largest wine company in the world, Constellation, has its headquarters in the Finger Lakes region of western New York.
The range of wines made in New York include Riesling, Seyval blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot noir, sparkling wines, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Common sense held that the relatively cold New York winters could not support Vitis vinifera varieties. But an Ukranian immigrant, Dr. Konstantin Frank, proved all the naysayers wrong when he succeeded in growing Riesling in 1953 in Hammondsport, in the Finger Lakes region.
In 1973, Alec and Louisa Hargrave got the idea that Long Island’s North Fork (about a two-hour drive east of New York City) had the ideal climate and soil for vinifera grapes. Today, Long Island has 32 wineries.
In 2011, the New York wineries were given another boost when Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Fine Winery Law (S.4143-a/A.7828-a) into law.
While California still dominates the U.S. industry, the share held by other states is progressively growing. In the most recent update of the Wines Vines Analytics winery database, the top five wine-producing states in order are: California, Washington, New York, Oregon and Texas.
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