New York State is an important region in the USA for wine and grape production. However, only a small portion of these wine grapes hail from Europe, with the rest being American native varieties and hybrids.
Finger Lakes AVA is the most important wine region in New York State, known mainly for producing outstanding white wines. Its light and toasty Chardonnay, highly aromatic Riesling and Gewürztraminer are the most sought-after varieties. Reds such as Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Blaufrankisch (aka Limberger) are also gaining interest.
Other important wine regions include the Long Island, which produces ripe, Bordeaux-style red wines. The Hudson River AVA is a historic wine region and home to some of the oldest wineries in the US. The French hybrid Seyval Blanc is the most important white variety here.
The long and narrow Lake Erie AVA, which extends from the west end of New York State through Pennsylvania to Ohio, has the most land under vine in New York State; however, most of its grapes are not used for wine production.
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