Steuben Wine

Roots of a World Class Wine Destination

In some ways, New York State’s recent emergence on the international wine stage seems surprising. After all, most people only think of the Big Apple when they think of the Empire State. And that doesn’t typically elicit images of vineyards and wine barrels.

Those people forget that away from the iconic skyline and the myriad skyscrapers is another New York featuring a diverse and often rural landscape with a long, rich agricultural history. As more and more oenophiles and connoisseurs around the world discuss the state’s exceptional wine offerings as if making some new discovery, much of the accolades and success can be traced back to one small town, in particular, located smack dab in the heart of Steuben called Hammondsport.


Keuka Lake A Wine Story - Video

Learn more about the remarkable history of wine around Keuka Lake in the video above.

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For the small town of Hammondsport is where the first grapes in the Finger Lakes Wine Region were planted almost 200 years ago. Hammondsport is where the first winery in the region was founded in 1860 and seven years later became the first American winery to win an award in Europe. Believe it or not, that winery is still in business, Pleasant Valley Wine Company.

Pleasant Valley Wine Company

When No Isn't in Your Vocabulary >

Hammondsport is also where you’ll find the winery that forever changed winemaking in the region and beyond back in 1957 with the first successful planting of Vinifera Grapes in the northeastern United States. It’s no surprise that Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery has been named one of the “Top 100 Wineries” in the World by Wine & Spirits Magazine multiple times. It’s also no surprise that winemakers from around the world would come top Dr. Frank’s and work and then establish their own wineries. Wineries like Weis and Domaine LeSeurre and Ravines which has also been named one of the “Top 100 Wineries” in the World by Wine & Spirits Magazine multiple times.

Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery

Irreverant Genius >

Hammondsport is where, in the 1970s one local man took on global giant Coca Cola and founded his own winery on the philosophy of making the best wines he could while staying true to the Finger Lakes region. He promoted integrity and worked hard to support local growers and small independent wineries. The winery’s motto “Wine with Laughter” is still an integral part of the experience when one visits Bully Hill Vineyards.

Bully Hill Vineyards

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