Upstate, the Finger Lakes region is America’s answer to Germany’s Mosel River Valley. The area has built its reputation on Riesling, but Gewürztraminer, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir are also showing potential. This sleepy farm area, striking for the natural beauty of its rocky slopes and deep glacial lakes, is slowly becoming a premier wine region.
North of New York City, the Hudson River Valley is a pastoral paradise, with horse farms, 19th-century mansions and a burgeoning culinary scene. Local farms and historic sites provide plenty of entertainment for families. The wine landscape is less developed, but several producers are making strides with Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay and even Pinot Noir.
On Long Island’s East End, you’ll find two wine regions in one. The North Fork is a quiet stretch of coastal towns where farmers grow herbs, fruit and vegetables, fishermen pull in oysters and scallops and wineries make elegant Bordeaux-style reds and fresh whites. Across Peconic Bay, the Hamptons offer upscale shopping and dining and a high-profile social scene.