Being named Best Wine Region in 2018 was a big deal for Finger Lakes wineries, considering it was up against some of the most renowned wine regions in the nation, many from California.
Getting the award for a second consecutive year is just as sweet, they say.
On Friday, the region learned it was once again named Best Wine Region in the 2019 USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Poll. Regions were selected by a panel of wine industry experts, and then it was up to readers to vote for their favorite wine region over a two-week period. They could vote once a day on different devices.
“As John Martini at Anthony Road Winery likes to say, the Finger Lakes is a 30-year overnight success story,” said Christopher Missick, owner/winemaker at Villa Bellangelo, which has sites in Yates County and Geneva. “The entire region has worked tirelessly both individually and collaboratively, to produce world-class wines and offer a compelling and authentic hospitality experience. Earning the title last year was exciting, but two years in a row proves something even more powerful. The Finger Lakes is resonating with local consumers and tourists alike as one of America’s great treasures.”