New York City was the first part of New York State to have grape orchards. When the Dutch settlers moved into the state in the 1600’s, they planted grapes, on what is now Manhattan. Initially, the type of grape they brought with them was unable to survive the harsh weather, so the settlers planted different varieties that consisted of hybrid varieties as well as grapes that were native to the area. It was eventually discovered that the plants brought over from Europe could survive, as long as they were grafted into the native plant’s rootstock. This discovery has made New York a strong contender in the wine industry even today. Currently, there are over 300 wineries in the state of New York. Within Greenwich Village, there are many different wineries where people can go to taste the different wines of the region as well as purchase their favorite bottle.
One of the biggest wine bars in the area is called Aroma. This establishment is also known as a premier Italian restaurant. With a wine list of over 150 wines, all of which are centered around the grapes specific to traditional Italian winemaking, and private rooms, this is one wine bar you don't want to miss.
The 8th Street Wine Cellar is an underground wine bar that offers wine tastings, cheese tastings and private parties. The owners are Michael Lagnese and Jonathan Cohen, two former bartenders from the New York community. This facility is open for business daily from 4pm to 2am. Stop in for a bottle or glass of wine and some great tasting appetizers prepared on-site.
Bar Carrera is located on West Houston Street in the Village. With many different wines to sample, as well as a variety of appetizers that perfectly complement the wine, this upscale bar is sure to please.
The Bourgeois Pig has a laid-back atmosphere that's super dark and plush. Dimly lit with chandeliers, coupled with scarlet-colored plush sofas, this is a great place to take a date, or just to relax with friends while enjoying one of the many French wines and fondues.