The Finger Lakes (FLX) wine region is located in the northeast corner of the United States and in the north of the New-York State. It belongs to the 5 wine regions of this State and it is the 3rd largest wine-producing region in USA (with around 400 wineries and 1,600 growers). It is the 2nd grape juice-producing region of the country too.
The climate here is a cool climate and viticulture is possible thanks to two things: the first one are the lakes themselves that are deep and promote temperature regulation in winter but also the rest of the year; the second one is the lake Ontario in the north which, thanks to its size, create a “protection screen” against the extreme cold temperatures. Without these, viticulture would have been impossible.
In the 70’s FLX region became most known for its wine than for its grape juice thanks to Dr Konstantin Frank. This man (came several years before in the US) started to cultivate european grapes vitis.vinifera and allows it to survive in this cool climate because of his knowledge and experience.
European grape varieties are found here such as Riesling, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and others. Native and Hybrids are found too such as Catawba and Niagara. There are around 25 grape varieties dedicated to the wine production in this region.
Our adventure was focused all around the Seneca Lake, which the AVA (American Viticultural Area) owns the same name. The vast majority of the wineries are concentrated here.
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