Home to world-class international and native varieties, top-rated culinary experiences and diverse tourism opportunities, New York State is fast-growing, fast-evolving and at top of mind for wine lovers.
Success stories seldom come in such a complete package as New York State. Once a minor blip on the state’s economic and tourism map, New York’s five internationally recognized wine areas— Long Island, Hudson River Region, Finger Lakes, Niagara Escarpment and Lake Erie—have flourished into internationally recognized destinations and now represent $3.7 billion annually for the state economy. Since 1985, the industry grew from 37 statewide wineries to 375, and from 340,000 tourist visits yearly to over five million.
For the full article on Wine Region of the Year winner New York State, as well as in-depth looks at all 2014 winners, see the Best of Year issue of Wine Enthusiast Magazine.