The Northeast is one of this country’s gems. History buffs can’t get enough of the area where most of the original colonies were settled. Presently, the region is going through a craft-beer revolution and a cider renaissance. Although history, cider and beer are extremely popular, these Northern states are also home to sprawling and picturesque wineries. On the second entry of our Wine Nation Blog Series, we explore the states of New England.

New York is home to the Yankees, the Mets, the Dodgers and the oldest wineries in the country. The first American vineyards was planted in the Hudson River Valley in the 1600s. Only a bit over an hour’s drive from New York City, this is the home to more than two dozen wineries. If you’re looking for the newest and hippest vineyards close to the city, look no further than the Long Island Wine Region. There are over 50 wineries, with vineyards located on the North and South Forks at the East End of Long Island. Want to explore more? The breathtaking Finger Lakes Wine Region is totally worth the drive. With over 100 wineries, this wine region is centered around four main lakes that were carved out by glaciers!

Although commercial wine production wasn’t allowed until 1978, many wineries now decorate the Connecticut landscape. 33 of these wineries participate in fun a "passport" program that has tasters visit the wineries to collect passport stamps. Wine farms in the Constitution State cultivate a mix of hybrid grapes from nearby states and produce an array of delicious wine, including fruit wine, from rhubarb to raspberry.

Tourists in and around Newport, Rhode Island, keep busy bouncing from winery to winery in this historic port city. In Newport white is king, and it reigns over red. The area has produced notable Albariños, Gewürztraminers and Chardonnays. The Coastal Wine Trail is a treat for all wine lovers, and specially all who prefer white wine.

In Massachusetts many of the more than two dozen wineries are located in the southeast of the state, including Cape Cod and the Islands. You will also find other great vineyards west of Boston. Fruit wines are common and its sparkling brut has been served at the White House three times! Some popular grapes cultivated in The Bay State are Chardonnay, Riesling, and Pinot Noir.

To round out our tour of the Northeast, we take a look at the northernmost state. With miles of rocky coastline and dense conifer forest, The Pine Tree State boasts enough wineries to create a real trail. The Maine Wine Trail has 24 wineries, who not only produce grapes, but also fruit wines, distilled spirits, ciders, and more. Interesting projects include organic wines, self-sustainability and vineyards plowed by horses.

What a great trip through the Northeast! We hope you learned a few new things on our journey and are motivated to learn more about the great wine options this great region has to offer. Don’t forget to check back next month, as we continue discovering the wine our great nation has in store for us.