Perhaps New York wines do not get the recognition they deserve. New York is the second-largest wine-producing state in the U.S and has a long and distinguished winemaking history. The oldest continuously operating winery in the United States is located here, as is the second largest wine company. The most important region is the Finger Lakes, an AVA which produces 85% of New York wines. The other two notable regions are the Hudson Valley and Long Island, which boasts 24 wineries.
If you're interested in American native and hybrid grape varieties, most early New York wines were made from the local Vitis labrusca and the native American varieties such as Concord, Catawba and Niagara, and then French-American hybrids such as Seyval Blanc and Baco Noir. Today, New York varieties include Merlot, Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc, Gew'rztraminer and Pinot Noir.