The NY wine scene is booming! Take a look at some facts/figures about our wine regions!
The Finger Lakes wine region is composed primarily of four main lakes named with Native American heritage; Cayuga (Boat Landing), Seneca (Place of Stone), Keuka (Canoe Landing) and Canandaigua (The Chosen Spot).
The unique depths of these lakes create an unique micro-climate. Sloping hillsides and rich terrior also combine for ideal Riesling and native grape growing conditions. Today, the Finger Lakes is recognized around the World as one of the top Riesling regions!
Leading Wine Varietals: Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and French-American hybrids
Vineyard Acres: 9,393 with 119 bonded wineries
Growing Season: 190 – 205 days
Grape Production: 54,600 tons
Also known as Chautauqua, the Lake Erie wine region is the largest grape growing region outside of California, with some 20,000 acres of vineyards, major processing plants and the headquarters of the National Grape Cooperative Association (which owns Welch’s Foods). Although about 95% of its grapes are Concord, primarily used for grape juice, the region also grows French-American and European wine grape varieties that are made into fine wines.
Leading Wine Varietals: Seyval, Riesling and Grape Juice
Vineyard Acres: 18,864 with 17 bonded wineries
Growing Season: 200 days
Grape Production: 120,760 tons
The Niagara (USA) wine region is one of the warmest in New York State due to it’s close proximity to the Great Lakes and the Niagara Escarpment. The dolomitic limestone soil of the Escarpment and the gravel silts near the lake shore, along with a moderate climate, are ideal for growing grapes and a wide variety of fruit.
The Niagara Escarpment was officially recognized as an American Viticultural Area (AVA) in 2005 and the larger “Greater Niagara” region is one of the fasting growing wine regions in the state.
Leading Wine Varietals: Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Vidal Blanc, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc
Vineyard Acres: 833 with 17 bonded wineries
Growing Season: 205 days
Grape Production: 4,648 tons