Though the oldest winery in the Niagara region (Niagara Landing) has had plantings since the 1800s, it has only been in the past 20 years that this area has gained recognition by the general public. Today, there are twenty wineries along the Niagara wine trail, and this number continues to increase with regularity.
Traditionally, New York has been famous for sweet, grapey wines based on indigenous and hybrid varieties such as Niagara, Concord, Catawba, Diamond, and Isabella. Notable wineries in the area specializing in these wines are Niagara Landing, Schulze and Honeymoon Trail.
In addition, fans of sweet wines should definitely not miss the ciders (especially from Leonard Oakes and Blackbird) as well as the numerous fruit-based wines from Becker Farms/ Vizcarra Vineyards and Marjim Manor. (Bonus: both of these wineries are mega fun to visit; Marjim Manor is haunted, and Becker Farms has tons of family-friendly events year round)
Fans of classic European (vinifera) varieties do not need to feel left out, however. Both of NY's signature grapes, Riesling and Cabernet Franc flourish here as well, and the area is rumored to have some of the best vineyards in the state for growing Pinot Noir. Wineries focusing on these types of wines include Freedom Run, Eveningside, Arrowhead Spring and Leonard Oakes.
The trail hosts themed events several times a year for tours across the region, but each winery is also open for tastings year round. Check out: https://www.niagarawinetrail.org/index.html for more details.