TOP 3 WINE TOURS TO CHECK OUT THIS FALL IN NEW YORK
In the event you have been on a wine tour before, then you already know that they constitute the perfect opportunity to spend an unforgettable day with your friends in the lap of luxury. With the foliage turning bright red and yellow, this is the perfect time to get out of the city and take a wine tour. While not as famous as the ones in Napa Valley, New York also has some magnificent vineyards within driving distance.
Perhaps the best part is that you don’t really have to plan way in advance. Simply rent a car and hit the road with your friends for some lovely wine tasting. Since chances are everyone will want to make the most of the experience, it would be best to rent a chauffeured limo to take you to and from the winery. Following are some of the vineyards that provide the perfect setup for a relaxing and memorable weekend.
1. Finger Lakes
The wine regions in Finger Lakes enjoy quite a reputation among connoisseurs and frankly, half of the tours end up here. Dubbed the wine Mecca in the 19th century, the industry in the Finger Lakes took a big hit during the Prohibition. Even so, locals didn’t give up and nowadays, they employ the latest rootstock innovations to produce wines that are comparable in quality to the ones in Napa Valley.
Located only 4 hours drive from NYC, the one hundred small vineyards are spread all across the main Finger Lakes banks. One of the varieties you should definitely try while in this region is the Riesling, a wine that has often been compared to its famous counterpart produced on Germany’s Rhine Valley. Although the Riesling is a must-have, the red wine specimens have started to catch on within the past few years and signature ones, like Lemberger or Cabernet Franc, will not let you down.
2. New York’s Hudson Valley
Although many don’t know it, New York has a relatively old wine history. Planted by the Huguenot immigrants approximately 300 years ago, the grape vines in Hudson Valley indicate that this region was home to more than the hard, coarse grapes specific to North America. In fact, during your tour to this beautiful region, you will discover some of the most famous European grapes, including those that wines like Pinot Noir or Chardonnay are made from.
One of the wineries you can’t afford not to visit on your tour is the Millbrook Vineyards. Spread over 130 acres, the vineyard is renowned for its good wine and affordable prices, both of which justify the one and a half hour drive to Dutchess County. Besides exceptional wine, if you’re planning your trip at the right time in fall, you will witness the splendor of leaves changing colors firsthand.
3. Long Island Wine Region
If you’re on a tight schedule and can only allocate a couple of days for the tour, then the Long Island wine region is the best place to go. Although the wine tours in this area are a relatively new thing, take note that their popularity is growing pretty fast. The vineyards stretching from Riverhead to Greenport are most famous for their crisp and pleasantly acidic wines like Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc.
Granted, your little group of friends could easily use the Long Island Rail Road to get to Suffolk County and check the nice wineries there. However, if you take the train, keep in mind that you will have to plan your trip back to NYC. Instead of spending most of your time with an eye on the watch, treat yourselves to a truly relaxing and enjoyable weekend and rent a limo for your trips in and around New York.