Introduction

By Lisa Rowlands

The Empire State of New York is undoubtedly most famous for the ‘open all hours’ metropolis that shares its name. However, beyond the business suits and skyscrapers, lies a land of lakes and mountains with huge swaths of forest and agricultural fields, and a wine industry that is steadily growing in size and reputation.

When asked to name an American winemaking region, the response is rarely anything other than California. And whilst this is somewhat inevitable, based on the area under vine, volume of production and international reputation of the west coast giant, it would be foolish to dismiss some of the smaller states, many of which produce world class wines.

New York falls into this category, with a number of prestigious AVAs including those within the Finger Lakes sub-zone - an area renowned for its sought-after Riesling varietals, made in both dry and harmoniously sweet styles. This area also has the bragging rights of being home to the United States’ first bonded winery - Pleasant Valley.