300th winery may be in sight

25 Sep

Here’s the latest status report from Jim Trezise, president of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, who keeps a close eye on the ever-expanding New York State wine industry:

“Three hundred New York wineries just might be in existence by year’s end if the current growth trend continues, since right now there are 286 active wine producers with another 12 licenses pending — a total of 298. And, I wouldn’t be surprised if there are others in the works that we don’t yet know about. (The numbers do not include 43 current and six pending satellite locations.)

“At a time when much of New York State’s economy remains in the tank, the wine industry is one of very few bright spots, especially in upstate rural areas, and the new operations range from Long Island and Brooklyn to the Hudson Valley, Finger Lakes and Lake Erie regions, with 48 of the state’s 62 counties now having wineries.

“Every new winery means new investment, new jobs, new tourists, and new taxes for the state, adding to the $3.76 billion of economic benefits we already generate. If state leaders are smart, they’ll keep nurturing an industry that has become a gold mine.”

An encouraging update, although saying “if state leaders are smart” seems hopelessly optimistic.

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Posted by on September 25, 2010 in Wineries


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