Finger Lakes named America’s best wine region in USA Today poll


For the second straight year, the Finger Lakes in Upstate New York has been named the best wine region in the United States in a national poll conducted by USA Today and its travel site,

The Finger Lakes — home to more than 100 wineries, pristine lakes, rolling hills and a thriving food scene — beat out finalists from California and five other states.

The Top 10 wine regions for 2019:

  • Finger Lakes – New York
  • Leelanau Peninsula – Michigan
  • Temecula Valley – California
  • Verde Valley – Arizona
  • Walla Walla Valley – Washington
  • Monticello – Virginia
  • Mendocino – California
  • Lodi – California
  • Texas Hill Country – Texas
  • Paso Robles – California

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees. The top 10 winners were then ranked by popular vote.

The Finger Lakes also won the poll as America’s top wine region in 2018.

“New York’s picturesque Finger Lakes region is home to three distinct American Viticultural Areas (the Finger Lakes, Seneca Lake and Cayuga Lake AVAs)” the 10Best site noted. “Visitors to the area will find more than 130 wineries, many specializing in Riesling.”


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Don Cazentre writes about craft beer, wine, spirits and beverages for, and The Post-Standard. Reach him at [email protected], or follow him at, on Twitter or Facebook.

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