While New Yorkers are always ready to enjoy a great glass of wine, it’s doubtful many of us know just how impressive the state of winemaking is here.
A few facts to enlighten: There are, quite literally, hundreds of wineries across the State of New York. It’s the third-largest wine producing state in the entire country (behind California and Washington), and billions of dollars of economic activity are generated each year through New York’s winemaking industry. Innovation, experimentation, and evolution have defined winemaking here for decades—and from an impressively varied terroir to ecological transparency or longstanding traditions of winemaking, there’s never been a better time to delve into the local wine scene.
So whether your preference is a day trip just a couple of hours away by car or a long weekend getaway worth the scenic multi-hour journey (hello, summer road trip!), here are 12 gorgeous stateside wineries to swirl, sip, savor, and taste the best vintages from this side of the coast— be sure to check each winery for specifics on their masking, distancing, and operational guidelines before your visit.