For the second year in a row, the Finger Lakes region has been named the “Best Wine Region in North America” by USA Today’s 2019 10 Best reader’s Choice Poll. The regions were selected by a panel of wine industry experts with readers voting over a two week period. Executive Director of the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance, Carmella Barbagallo said it is truly an honor to win this award for the second year in a row.
“We were in the running with such impressive wine regions throughout North America,” Barbagallo said. “This recognition speaks to the dedication of the owners, tasting room teams, winemakers and vineyard managers. We share this award with of our hospitality partners who create memorable experiences for guests visiting the Finger Lakes region. We have witnessed our region evolve for decades and feel grateful that travelers from all over the world are enchanted when they visit.”
Wineries from the region are known for their collaboration, a unique part of the Finger Lakes culture. The pioneers of the region have farmed the land for decades to ensure the winemakers of the region continue to excite guests. Aside from the quality of the wine, Barbagallo feels the natural vistas and friendly faces allow the region to be much easier for vacationers to enjoy than other wine regions. She knows the wineries of the region will continue to strive for the quality it is known for.
“We are fortunate to live and work in such a naturally beautiful region which is perfect for producing cool climate wines like Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Franc,” Barbagallo said. “Each of our four distinct seasons offer a unique experience to visitors. Enjoy wine tasting, hiking, and waterfalls throughout the Spring and Summer. Catch the gorgeous Fall foliage while traveling to different vineyards in Autumn. Stay at one of our world-class hotels and snuggle up in front of a fireplace after a day of wining and dining in the Finger Lakes. We welcome everyone – repeat visitors to newly budding wine enthusiasts. Come and experience the Finger Lakes wine region for yourself.”