New York State



  • a wine-producing state on the east coast of the US that is unusual in that most of the vines planted are not traditional Vitis vinifera varieties but are native American breeds or hybrids. New York State has 4 main grape-growing regions: Lake Erie, long Island, the Hudson River Valley and the Finger Lakes, and 8 AVAs. New York State has around 140 mostly small wineries, growing 50 different grape varieties. Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot are the most successful. sparkling wine is also made, as well as some superb dessert wines, namely late harvest Rieslings and even Riesling ice wines.