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New York State of wine: 10 bottles that prove this region is on the rise

July 6, 2023

If you’ve ever been skeptical about the quality of wines made in New York State, I’m here to put that thought to rest. As Ontario’s neighbour to the south, you don’t have to travel far for a taste of inventive viticulture. Expect the unexpected. That’s the beauty of New York.

In fact, there are some very good wines being made throughout the empire state. From the Niagara Escarpment to the Finger Lakes to the North Fork of Long Island and beyond, it’s worth getting to know New York State wine.

Read Also: Exploring the Finger Lakes: A travel guide

As the third largest grape growing area in the United States, New York State is home to more than 450 wineries and 1,600 family-owned vineyards producing a variety of wines and styles. Perhaps it is most famous for its crisp and terroir-focused rieslings, many of which come out of the Finger Lakes region. But the state also produces noteworthy cabernet franc, merlot, chardonnay and refreshing rosé wines from its 11 American Viticultural Areas (or AVAs).

As the range and quality of New York wine continues to grow, trade and hospitality professionals are embracing the state as a premier American wine-producing region. Many top New York City wine lists and retail shops include bottles from several of New York’s wine regions, and New York wines are increasingly being distributed across North America.

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At the Boldly New York trade tasting in Toronto. (Photo by Betty Loo Productions)

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to taste many New York State wines while at a trade event in Toronto. While there, I learned more about the State’s wine industry and community and met several key players that are doing some excellent work.

Take a closer look at these standouts from that tasting, many of which are available at most wine shop locations:


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