New York Vintages

Let's look at 10 vintages in New York to find out what happened in the vineyard in order to explain what you’ll find in your glass.

In general, New York is a cooler climate region so temperatures, particularly in the summer and autumn, can have a massive impact on the wine's flavors and structure.

Rainfall is also a common problem in the summer and, when combined with heat, can cause fungal disease problems in the vineyard which can impact the quality of the vintage.

How Wine Folly Rates a Vintage

We gather the facts about a vintage and how those features affect the wines. This way, you can better find the vintages that fit your needs (whether you're a collector or looking to drink now).


Generally speaking, the more consistent the vintage, the better the quality.

The crop consistency determines the quality of a vintage. In some years, we see average to high consistency; consistency equates to quality.

On other vintages, quality is much more variable. In these variable years, it's best to look for producers who consistently produce high-quality wines because they can roll with difficulties growing grapes.


Ideally, producers want consistent temperatures year in and out for consistent quality. Of course, this is not very likely to happen as weather changes frequently. Rain during harvest, hail, and frost are key events that can create a difficult vintage.

Seasonal events include frost, hail, drought, and even wildfires. These events affect the quality or size of a vintage.

In warmer climates getting enough rainfall during the growing season is key for healthy grapes and ripening.

In cooler or more moderate climates, getting enough but not too much rain and getting the right amount of sunshine and heat are important for producing ripe grapes.


Contrary to popular belief, low volumes do not always equal high quality. Producers can have very high-quality years where volumes are also high.

The opposite is also true, where we might have low yields, but the quality may be low - due to disease in the vineyard or poor weather conditions.

So why do we care about volume? If there's more, it can lower prices, and the prices might be higher if there is less.

Recent Vintages To Explore
A very wet summer, combined with warmer-than-average weather in the summer, led to some fungal disease pressure in the vineyards. Acidities are lower in both red and white wines.
Low humidity led to low disease pressure in the vineyards - this means consistent quality overall. Due to warmer temperatures, red wines are riper and bolder than usual, and white wines are ripe yet fresh.
Slightly cooler in some parts, like the Finger Lakes. Overall white wines have a mineral and acidity backbone, and red wines will be slightly more tannic. Many wines are great for cellaring.
In general, there was some disease pressure in the vineyards due to rainfall and warmer temperatures in the summer. This gives variable results. White wines are fresh, and most reds are quite light-bodied.
Overall, an expressive, high-quality vintage. Little disease pressure led to consistent quality throughout the state. The white wines are very high in acid, but have concentrated flavors.
Extremely dry season, with concerns of drought and vine stress. Red wines are bold and quite ripe. White wines are fresh but have lower acidities than normal.
Overall cooler summer with a bit of extra rainfall that could have led to disease pressure, but the autumn was drier, leading to ripe and healthy fruit throughout.
The summer was wet, which led to disease pressure, but overall the autumn was better, particularly in the Finger Lakes, where this is considered a great vintage.
High rainfall caused disease pressure in the vineyards, though those that were careful produced balanced wines, particularly white wines.
Exceptional year for the Finger Lakes region. Despite the warmer conditions, acidity levels were maintained, and both white and red wines showed great fruit concentration.
Overall lower acid levels, Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris fared well. Red wines have lighter bodies, and average alcohol levels.
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