Thousand Islands Winery
Thousand Islands Winery® Winery began its operations in 2002 with the purchase of the farm by Steve Conaway and his wife Erika. The primary grape varieties being planted in the Thousand Islands Region include Frontenac, Frontenac Gris, Marquette, and La Crescent which were developed by the University of Minnesota. The development of these cold-hardy grapes is the very reason we now enjoy the benefits of the ever-expanding Northern New York wine region.
Thousand Islands Winery® hosts six major on-site festivals featuring live music. The Winery’s expansive property offers many options for hosting weddings and special private events throughout the year and features on-site lodging in three beautiful three-bedroom vacation rental homes.
Thousand Islands Winery® officially opened to the public in 2003 with a starting inventory of 1,100 gallons of wine. The region was new to vineyards and wine production. Many thought that the Conaways were foolish and would soon go bankrupt. However, the exact opposite was true. Not only did Thousand Islands Winery® survive, it thrived! The Winery experienced rapid growth and purchased an additional thirty acre farm on Wellesley Island in 2013 and now produces over fifty thousand gallons of wine annually. As of 2015, thanks to the Conaways’ vision, initiative, and risk taking, multiple other wineries now exist in Northern New York.
Located off I-81 exit 50 south, near Thousand Islands Bridge