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Wine Regions of the World: New York Finger Lakes

New York Finger Lakes Wine Map

New York Finger Lakes Wine Map: Welcome to our “Wine Regions of the World” © series. This map depicts outstanding wineries and upcoming tasting rooms within the New York Finger Lakes AVA. Here you will find Enobytes exclusive vineyard and winery information including geographical terrain, Enobytes tasting room and wine reviews, public reviews, winery hours of operation, location information and much more.

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Our maps also show restaurants and lodging, road information and real-time traffic and weather reports most of which will be graphically displayed with the use of satellite imagery, maps, terrain data and 3D buildings using Google Earth technology.We hope you enjoy and appreciate the “Wine Regions of the World” series. Check back often as we review the latest and greatest wine region; now on to our series.

Region Description

Internationally recognized as one of the great wine-growing regions in the world, many compare New York’s Finger Lakes region to Germany’s Rhine region, known for its Rieslings. A region rich in history, this area was a shallow inland sea, which collected layers of muddy, mineral-rich sediment from the annual runoff of the surrounding uplands for millions of years. Ice age glaciers weathered the area leaving carved, narrow streams that now represent eleven lakes in the surrounding area.

Finger Lakes Navigation:
Region Description
Finger Lakes region overview
American Viticultural Areas
Finger Lakes AVA’s
Most recognized varietals
Vineyards & Wineries
Google Earth Map


External Resources:
New York Wine Expo
Finger Lakes Wine Festival
Finger Lakes Wine Blog
Finger Lakes Association
Finger Lakes
Finger Lakes Wine Society
Finger Lakes Wine Fun


Of these lakes, four lead the New York wine industry. The Seneca, Cayuga, Canandaigua, and the Keuka lakes produce a diverse microclimate and are home to over a hundred wineries. Many vineyards exist on steep hillsides, which provide superior drainage and great sun exposure providing protection to New York’s harsh weather conditions.

Stemming from its first planting at Keuka Lake in the the1820’s, followed by a proliferation of commercial merchant plantings in the 1860’s, the New York wine region exploded with anticipation. In the 1900’s there were 20,000 acres planted around Keuka Lake, which is impressive considering that this number is nearly double the acres planted today in the entire Finger Lakes region. Due to prohibition, the majority of the wineries folded and the Finger Lakes region as a whole continues to recover.

Approved American Viticultural Area(s)

Originally established in 1982, the Finger Lakes AVA consists of two sub regions – Seneca Lake and Cayuga Lake. The region encompasses 2,600,000 acres with over 11,000 acres planted and consists of a diverse microclimate to over a hundred wineries.

New York Finger Lakes
Photo credit: Michael J., Wikipedia


The Finger Lakes region has bitterly cold winters and a short growing season, which makes a perfect climate to produce Riesling, for which it is most recognized. There are approximately fifty-five known varietals grown in this region, but the most well known and dominating varietals include Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cayuga, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Riesling,
Seyval Blanc, Vidal Blanc, and Vignoles.

Vineyards and Wineries:

Launch Wine Regions of the World Series: New York – Finger Lakes with Google Earth (you won’t regret it, I promise). If you don’t have Google Earth, download the latest version by clicking on the green download button below. What is Google Earth? Google Earth combines the power of Google Search with satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings to put the world’s geographic information at your fingertips.

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Here is a sample of what you will find using our interactive maps:

The initial interactive start-up screen lists all wineries and vineyards in the New York Finger Lakes region:

New York Finger Lakes Wineries

Navigate to a winery by clicking on the yellow and red grape icon. Click on “More Info” for details including winery location, hours of operation, winery URL and directions. If Enobytes reviewed the winery, a link will appear at the top of the details page.

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Use the left-hand navigational bar to turn on various layers of mapping information such as nearby restaurants and lodging, shopping and services, geographic features, 3D buildings, sightseeing, & gas stations:

Finger Lakes Restaurants

Finger Lakes Lodging

Once you decide where you want to go, you can use the left-hand navigational bar to get turn-by-turn directions as well as real-time traffic and weather reports along the way:

wine country directions

Finger Lakes Weather

For more information on how to navigate the maps, see Google Earth’s video demos.

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9 Responses to “Wine Regions of the World: New York Finger Lakes”

  1. enobytes says:

    We’ve identified a technical glitch with our Wineries of the World Google Earth file. If you click on the “more info” link to access additional winery information, it sometimes will not work. I am in the process of fixing the problem and I will have a new file uploaded shortly. Stay tuned!


  2. enobytes says:

    We have fixed the above technical glitch.

    If you come across other problems while downloading or navigating our Google Earth wine file, please feel free to leave a comment below.

  3. Well Done! I have been screaming for two years that this is great free advertising and wineries need to be on Google Earth and If I don’t get a blank stare, I get a knowing nod!

  4. Deborah says:

    To the list of Finger Lakes varietals, add the spunky French-American hybrid Baco Noir, developed by 19th c. French horticulturist Maurice Baco post-phylloxera. Girardet (Umpqua AVA, Oregon) makes a nice version as well.

  5. Anthony says:

    The Finger Lakes varietals offer some the best wine around the states, some others that are great as well are Napa Valley in California and the Missouri Wines. My favorite wine right now is actually a cheap 8 dollar bottle of Vignoles from my local winery.

  6. enobytes says:

    There’s nothing wrong with finding deals under $10 (and there are plenty of them out there!) …and if my memory serves me correctly, I beleive St. James winery was awarded one of fifteen Jefferson Cups (wine competition) in 2009. Thanks for the comments and link Anthony.

  7. Anthony says:

    Yes, the St. James Winery have been doing quite well for itself these days. I believe they also won Best North American Wine at the 2009 VinoChallenge for their Norton Dessert Wine? Keep up the good work!


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