10 interesting facts about Finger Lakes Wine

April 11th, 2014


Finger Lakes Wine

By Joseph Temple

After a brutal and unforgiving winter, the United States Department of Agriculture declared the Finger Lakes to be a disaster zone.  What impact this will have on the current harvest is still unknown, but with the area in the news, here’s ten interesting facts about this upstate New York wine region:

Special thanks to the New York Wine & Grape Foundation for providing most of these facts.

The Finger Lakes were created by Ice Age glaciers

This provided drainage crucial for grape growing.
By Flickr user: Plutor South Boston, Massachusetts http://www.flickr.com/people/plutor/ [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The deep lakes retain warmth in the winter and winter cold during the spring.
By Visit Finger Lakes (Flickr: Sunrise overlooking a vineyard) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Grapes were first discovered by Americans in 1779 near Canandaigua Lake during the Sullivan Expedition.

Today, nearly 90% of all wine produced in the state of New York comes from the Finger Lakes region.

By Agne27 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The average growing season in the Finger Lakes is between 190-205 days per year.

The 1980 "Christmas massacre" when temperatures dropped to -30• caused grape tonnage to fall more than 50% in 1981.

In order for it to be labeled "Finger Lakes" wine, at least 85% of the grapes used in making the wine have to be grown in the designated area.
By Flickr user: Valerie Knoblauch Canandaigua, New York http://www.flickr.com/people/visitfingerlakes/ [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Currently, there are more than 110 wineries in the Finger Lakes region.
By Bill (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

More than half of these wineries are near Seneca Lakes, which has the highest heat storing capacity of all the Finger Lakes AVAs.

The International Wine & Food Society is proud to have a strong presence across the state of New York with branches in New York City, Long Island and Buffalo.  Please click on any of the links to visit their respective websites.

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April 11th, 2014

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