Winery Venue Series: New York State Wineries
Today, we continue our multi-part series highlighting wine regions across the United States. The idea behind this series (other than to celebrate harvest season across the country) is to help you discover new wine regions for your wedding or party. Wineries are beautiful, unique and magical places for a wedding, party or any other celebration but you may not know the wine regions and wineries that are right in your back yard. Thus, this series.
Last week we featured Washington State wineries. This week, we feature New York State wineries and wine regions.
There are five official wine regions in New York State: Finger Lakes, Hudson Valley, Niagara Escarpment, Lake Erie and Long Island. There are also a number of other (unofficial) wine regions in New York State: Central New York, Lake Champlain, New York City, Thousand Islands, Greater Adirondacks and Upper Hudson Valley, Lake Ontario and Other Western Counties.
Interested in learning a little more about New York’s official wine regions? Read on.
The Finger Lakes wine region features over 100 wineries surrounding three lakes. www.fingerlakeswinecountry.com has made planning your trip to the region very easy with a searchable database of wineries and an online Trip Builder.
The Hudson Valley wine region is approximately 1.5 hours outside of New York City. The wine region is America’s oldest wine making and grape-growing region. There more than 40 wineries, distilleries, and cideries in the valley. There are four distinct wine trails to consider: Dutchess Wine Trail, Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail, Shawangunk Wine Trail and the Upper Hudson Wine Trail.
This region is unique as it has one of the warmest climates of the New York wine regions. This area was recognized as an American Viticultural Area in 2005.
The Lake Erie wine region features 24 commercial and estate wineries specializing in sweet wines and a variety of other grapes. Check out this video about the region, created by VisitErie. If you’re thinking that a wine tour is the way to go, use this trip planer.
Plan your event to the region that the Wine Enthusiast Magazine has rated one of the top 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations of 2013. The Long Island wine region has grown from one winery to over 50 producers in a few short years.
And for those that like maps. This is for you: