NY in midst of vineyard/winery boom

17 Apr

You may have noticed my recent postings about wineries and vineyards with names not readily familiar to most people in New York State. That’s because we’re undergoing an explosion in the number of such operations.

I’ve written about the likes of JD Wine Cellars, Robibero Family Vineyards and Sherwood House Vineyards. But Jim Trezise, the busy-bee who runs the New York Wine & Grape Foundation and keeps close tabs on such things, has done me one better by putting together this rundown of newcomers:

Recently opened:

• Chateau Niagara in Newfane
• Victorianbourg Wine Estate in Wilson
• Elfs Farm Winery & Cider Mill in Plattsburgh
• Ledge Rock Hill Winery in Corinth
• Rose Hall Estate winery in Tioga Cente
• The Saratoga Winery
• Izzo’s White Barn Winery in Cayuga
• Angelica Winery in Angelica

Soon to open:

• The Hidden Vineyard in Calverton
• Amazing Grace Vineyard & Winery in Chazy
• Vesco Ridge Vineyards in West Chazy
• Natural Selection Farm in Corinth
• JD Wine Cellars in Macedon
• Magnus Ridge Winery in Rock Stream
• Robibero Family Vineyards in New Paltz

As Trezise notes, “These [lists] don’t include some new second locations [satellite stores] for existing wineries like Montezuma Winery, Thorpe Vineyards, Sherwood House Vineyards, and Osprey’s Dominion.

“There are now more than 280 wineries — not including over 30 satellite stores — in 46 of New York’s 62 counties, including unlikely places like Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens. Every one of these new wineries or tasting rooms means new investment, jobs, tourism, and taxes for the State of New York, which receives more than $3.76 billion of economic benefits from our industry each year.”

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Posted by on April 17, 2010 in Agriculture, Wineries


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