Twenty East Coast Wines that Rival Napa Valley

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During the summer of 2020 (FML), I was preparing for an online wine class on east coast wines. While doing research, it struck me how far we’ve come, even in the last year. I made it a personal challenge to find twenty wines that prove that East Coast wineries are ready for primetime. These are the east coast wines that rival Napa Valley. My friends, the gauntlet has been thrown down.

Wineries Near PhiladelphiaEast Coast Winery Reviews

Top New York Wineries

 Hermann J. Wiemer

Hermann J. Wiemer Reserve Dry Riesling

The wines are stunning, pure Rieslings that speak of Seneca Lake with more than a little reference to the Mosel.

 

Our top pick is Hermann J. Wiemer Reserve Dry Riesling

 

Channing Daughters- East Coast Wines

This South Fork, Long Island winery is run by winemaker Christopher Tracy, a natural winemaker and delightful lunatic.

 

 

Our top pick is Channing Daughters “Mosaico” White

Dr. Konstantin Frank Old Vines Pinot Noir, Finger LakesDr. Konstantin Frank

 

The winery that changed the course of winemaking in the Finger Lakes. Located on Keuka Lake.

Our top pick is Dr. Konstantin Frank Old Vines Pinot Noir

 

Damiani Wine Cellars

Located on the eastern shores of Seneca Lake, they excel at red wine production like no other Finger Lakes winery. 

 

Our top pick is Damiani  Cabernet Sauvignon 

 

Harbes Family Vineyard Hallock Lane Merlot (North Fork of Long Island)Harbes Family Vineyard

In 2003, Harbes Vineyard was planted on a boulder-strewn, south-facing slope near the coast of Long Island Sound (North Fork)

 

Our top pick is Harbes Family Vineyard Hallock Lane Merlot

Bedell Cellars Cabernet Franc, North ForkBedell Cellars

Vineyard & farm located in the small hamlet of Cutchogue, on the North Fork of Long Island.

 

Our top pick is Bedell Cellars Cabernet Franc

Top Pennsylvania Wineries

Galen Glen Stone Cellar Gruner Veltliner - East Coast WinesGalen Glen Winery

Based in the Lehigh Valley, they have the oldest Gruner vineyard in America, planted in 2003.

 

Our top pick is Galen Glen “Stone Cellar” Gruner Veltliner

Va La “Prima Donna”Va La Vineyards

The original natural wine destination in PA.  Their vineyards, which was planted in 1997 with an eccentric assortment of Italian varietals.

 

Our top pick is Va La “Prima Donna” Orange Wine

Waltz “Crow Woods” Cabernet Sauvignon

Waltz Vineyards

Waltz Vineyards was established in 1997 by Jan and Kimberly Waltz. The vineyards are situated on a hill between Lancaster and Lebanon

 

Our top pick is the Waltz “Crow Woods” Cabernet Sauvignon

Fero Vineyards & Winery 2017 SaperaviFero Vineyards

Estate vineyard in the Susquehanna River Valley. Planted in 2012 to Eastern European varietals. 

 

Our top pick is the Fero Saperavi

Mazza Vineyards TeroldegoMazza Vineyards

Since 1973, Mazza has been producing wine on Lake Erie. A pioneer in east coast wines, the recent move towards their Italian roots is welcome. 

 

 

Our top pick is Mazza Vineyards Teroldego

Vineyards are all on gentle slopes at low altitude about a half hour from Philly. Slowly becoming PA’s cult winery.*  Our top pick is Penns Woods Ameritage ReservePenns Woods Winery

Vineyards are all on gentle slopes at a low altitude about a half-hour from Philly. Slowly becoming PA’s cult winery.*

 

Our top pick is Penns Woods Ameritage Reserve

Top Virginia Wineries

king family ViognierKing Family Vineyards

Located in the Monticello AVA, the winery is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Our top pick is King Family “Skin Contact” Viognier

 

Stinson Vineyards Rosé of MourvèdreStinson Vineyards

Family-owned estate winery in the Monticello AVA. They specialize in small-lot wines.

Our top pick is Stinson Vineyards Rosé of Mourvèdre

east coast wines from VirginiaRdV Vineyards

Earning very high ratings in the Wine Advocate for red wines, this is a unique winery in the Middleburg AVA. For east coast wines, this is closer to Napa then you could imagine.

Our top pick is the RdV Vineyards “Rendezvous” Bordeaux Blend

Barboursville Vineyards Reserve NebbioloBarboursville Vineyards

Established in 1976 by Gianni Zonin, whose family has been producing wines throughout Italy since 1821. Located in the Monticello AVA

 

Our top pick is Barboursville Vineyards Reserve Nebbiolo

Top New Jersey Wineries

Alba GRAND RESERVE CHARDONNAYAlba Vineyards

Alba in the Warren Hills AVA is producing some of the best Pinots and Chardonnays on the East Coast right now.

 

Our top pick is Alba Vineyards “Grand Reserve” Chardonnay

William Heritage WineryWilliam Heritage Winery

Located in the Outer Coastal Plain AVA. A family produce farm since 1853, the vineyard was first planted in 1998. Fmr. Winemaker Sean Comninos is a WSoP Grad.

 

Our top pick is William Heritage Vintage Brut

Unionville Mistral Rose

Unionville Vineyards

 

Originally part of the largest peach orchard in the United States, the vineyard was first planted in 1988. Excellent Syrah & Pinot Noir.

 

Our top pick is Unionville “Hunterdon Mistral” Rose

 

Beneduce Vineyards “Blue 2” Blaufrankisch - East Coast WinesBeneduce Vineyards

 

A family farm in North Jersey since 2000, the vineyard was first planted in 2009, and opened to the public in 2012.

Our top pick is Beneduce Vineyards “Blue 2” Blaufrankisch

 

Amalthea Cellars “Europa 1 ” Bordeaux blendAmalthea Cellars

 

 

Run by the iconoclastic owner and winemaker Louis Caracciolo. He’s been making Bordeaux blends in Jersey longer than anyone. 

 

Our top pick is Amalthea Cellars “Europa 1” Bordeaux blend

East Coast wines from Working Dog WineryWorking Dog Winery

 

Hands-down one of the great wineries of the East Coast. They are legit rock stars in the Jersey wine scene now.

 

Our top pick is the Working Dog Syrah

Top Vermont Wineries

Fable Farm Fermentory

 

Farm-based winery producing aged wines, ciders and vinegars, and runs a CSA.

 

 

Our top pick is Fable Farm Fermentory “Pan” Red

 

 

Shelburne Figure 1 Pet NatShelburne Vineyard

Founder Kenneth Albert planted some of Vermont’s first wine grapes in 1998, with its tasting room opening in 2008.

 

Our top pick is Shelburne “Iapetus Figure 1” Pet Nat

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