These New York State Wineries Give the West Coast Some Competition

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Dr. Konstantine Frank Winery

Depending on your wine knowledge, you may or may not be surprised to know that New York is the second largest wine-producing state in the U.S. (next to California). Scattered throughout the entire state — a majority of them being around the Finger Lakes — the wineries produce some pretty amazing wine. These are just a few that are definitely worth a visit when you're in the Empire State.

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Fulkerson Winery
Fulkerson Winery
Fulkerson Winery

Location: Dundee, New York

Seven generations of the Fulkerson family have lived on this land since 1805, but it wasn’t until 1989 that it was developed into a winery. There’s all different types of wine to sample, but you’ll want to try the riesling and dry reds. Those are what they’re known for. Fulkerson Winery also offers free home-winemaking classes during harvest.

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Dr. Konstantin Frank winery - New York
Dr. Konstantin Frank
Dr. Konstantin Frank

Location: Hammondsport, New York

As New York's most award-winning winery since 1962, it's no wonder Dr. Konstantin Frank's winery is one of the best in the Finger Lake region. Visitors love the stunning views of Keuka Lake all year-long. Besides all their amazing wine — their dry riesling is both award-winning and a fan favorite — the staff is very knowledgable and friendly and make it an all-around great visit.

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Brotherhood Winery - New York
Brotherhood Winery
Brotherhood Winery

Location: Washingtonville, New York

For all you wine-drinking history buffs, Brotherhood Winery is perfect for you. Walk in the underground cellars that were excavated by hand and used during Prohibition at the country's oldest winery. You'll get to hear the historic tales that took place there while you sip wine that's made in the 200 oak barrels down in the cellars.

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Thousand Islands Winery
Thousand Islands Winery
Thousand Islands Winery

Location: Alexandria Bay, New York

As one of the largest farm wineries in northern New York, Thousand Island Winery produces 22 different varieties of wine. They’ve had huge success being awarded over 168 medals from the last 10 years. You’ll be able to try all 22 wines while you learn the winemaking process from the growing stages all the way to bottling.

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Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars
Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars
Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars

Location: Lodi, New York

When visiting the Finger Lakes, Lamoreaux is a must. Using sustainable viticultural practices, they minimize the use of synthetic fungicides, pesticides, fertilizers, fuel, energy, and waste.

Their "green" practices make the wine taste so good that they've won countless of awards over the years, including "2011 New York State Winery of the Year" at the New York State Wine & Food Classic.

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Fox Run Vineyards
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Fox Run Vineyards

Location: Penn Yan, New York

Get a taste of what the Finger Lakes have to offer. Wine & Spirits Magazine named Fox Run Vineyards one of the world's Top 100 Wineries. Make sure you try their dry riesling, which has won many awards over the past decade. You'll definitely want to leave with a few bottles to take home.

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Wagner Vineyards Estate Winery
Wagner Vineyards Estate Winery
Wagner Vineyards Estate Winery

Location: Lodi, New York

Red, white, dry, or sweet, Wagner Vineyards has something for any palate. They even have a brewery for those who love craft beer. Among all the varietals, the wines are recognized for their quality. In 2016, they received 28 awards for their dry riesling alone.

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Three Brothers Winery & Estates
Three Brothers Winery & Estates
Three Brothers Winery & Estates

Location: Geneva, New York

As one of the newer wineries in the state, the Three Brothers has grown a lot over the last 10 years. The estate spans across three wineries, a brewery, and their own coffee company where they source the beans from Rochester. Yahoo! Travel named them Best Winery in New York State in 2016.

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Benmarl Winery
Benmarl Winery
Benmarl Winery

Location: Marlboro, New York

Focused on where they source their grapes — either at their 37-acre estate or somewhere else in NY — Benmarl is persistent when it comes to the quality of their wines. You'll be able to turn it into a weekend trip at the bed and breakfast next door that has the same beautiful views overlooking the historic Hudson River Valley.

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Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery
Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery
Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery

Location: Warwick, New York

Don't let the crowds discourage you. Warwick Valley is the hotspot in the fall, where people come to enjoy delicious wine and eat at the Pane Café (just know there will most likely be a wait). Besides their wine selection, Warwick Valley produces award-winning fruit brandies and liqueurs, the most popular of which is their pear flavor.

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Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard
Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard
Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard

Location: Dundee, New York

Wine Enthusiast Magazine calls Wiemer Vineyards' Cabernet Francs some of the best red wines made in the state. They use the traditional winemaking practices from Hermann — whose mother's family has been making wine for over 300 years — and mix them with modern practices.

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Spring Lake Winery
Spring Lake Winery
Spring Lake Winery

Location: Lockport, New York

Along the Niagara Wine Trail you'll find the Spring Lake Winery. The 78 acres located in Western New York offers beautiful scenery during your tasting. You can even plan a day on the Vineyard Express.

The train takes guests through the countryside that’s filled with history. Once it stops at the winery, you can get off and enjoy dinner, live music, and, of course, wine. The Spring Lake Winery is known for rieslings, zinfandels, and merlots.

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Ports of New York
Ports of New York
Ports of New York

Location: Ithaca, New York

Owned by Frédéric Bouché, Ports of New York crafts Meleau Specialty Wines. Frédéric uses techniques he learned from his great-great-grandfather, who was also a winemaker. During a tasting of the meleau wines — pronounced "mellow," and meaning "nectar and distilled spirit" — you'll be able to visit the museum and see all his artifacts that have been passed down through the generations.

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Bully Hill Vineyards Winery
Bully Hill Vineyards Winery
Bully Hill Vineyards Winery

Location: Hammondsport, New York

The amazing artwork on each bottle of Bully Hill wines isn't the only thing that makes them unique. The vineyard is also extremely environmentally conscious. From recycling the grape pumice from the pressing facility to using recycled glass and boxes, they aim to reuse everything.

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Red Newt Cellars
Red Newt Cellars
Red Newt Cellars

Location: Hector, New York

The delicious rieslings at Red Newt Cellars get paired with locally prepared cuisine created by Chef Jeremy Personius. You can even sign up for a VIP tasting that comes with a three-course meal that shows off the best qualities in their wine.

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