Officially established in 1982, the Finger Lakes region has a storied history of wine production in New York State and is recognized the world over. The deep glacially formed lakes offer sublime growing conditions thanks to the sloping hillsides and moderating effect the lakes have on the temperature of the surrounding area.
The main growing regions are centered around Cayuga Lake and Seneca Lake (which each have their own AVAs) but quality wine is being made throughout the region. Riesling is the belle of the ball in the Finger Lakes (oftentimes being compared to the Rieslings of Germany) but success has been had with Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, and others.
Dr. Konstantin Frank was instrumental in the growth of the Finger Lakes wine region when he successfully planted the first vinifera vines in the area, and the winery is still thriving today having won numerous awards over the years. Other top-notch producers include Hermann J. Wiemer, Standing Stone, Chateau Lafayette Reneau, and Thirsty Owl.