Wine Showcasing Unique Characteristics of New York Grapes
Suhru™ is one of more than fifty brands produced on Long Island. Unlike long established wine labels, Suhru™ is unhampered by tradition and winemaker Russell Hearn creates young, innovative and vibrant wines. Influenced by his international experience and two decades of winemaking on Long Island, Russell’s ideas showcase the unique characteristics of New York grapes. At Suhru™, we make wine from grapes chosen from select vineyards in regions where the vines and fruit grow best —Riesling and Pinot Grigio from the Finger Lakes region and Gewurztraminer, Shiraz, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot and Petit Verdot grown on the North Fork of Long Island. Applying the winemaker’s artistry, Russell blends different grapes with results greater than the sum of its parts. Made with passion and finesse, the Suhru™ brand is an eclectic collection of wines. Visit our Tasting Notes page to learn more about each of our wines:
NY Vinters – History
New York vintners trace their history to the 1600s, when the first settlers discovered the unique climate and soil produced remarkable grapes. In the 1830’s and 1840, vineyards were developed and the first winery was started in 1860 in the Finger Lakes region, which is now the state’s largest wine production area. On Long Island, the wine industry is less than four decades old, but has grown by leaps and bounds over the last 10-15 years and is known for its world class wines.
The Grape & Wine Industry facts show that today New York
- Has 962 vineyards covering 31,745 acres
- An annual grape harvest of 150,000 tons
- 169 wineries, 150 established since 1976
- 200,000,000 bottles produced annually
Long Island and the Finger Lake AVA
Throughout the world premium wine is made from vineyards near bodies of water that moderate temperatures, a characteristic also true of New York’s wine regions.
Three bodies of water, the Atlantic Ocean, Long Island Sound and Peconic Bay, surround the North Fork of Long Island, in the Long Island American Viticultural Area (AVA). Because the water moderates the climate,the vineyards benefit from an extended 220-day growing season, which allow exceptional ripening of the varieties that thrive on Long Island.
The Finger Lakes Region’s climate is more continentally influenced with warmer daytime temperatures and cooler evening temperatures, which help the grapes retain fruitiness and acidity. Clustered around the deep, glacially formed Finger Lakes, the region is also affected by the water’s moderating influence. Grapes used to make Suhru™ wines are among the best from these two outstanding AVA.