Sunday, April 12, 2009

New York Wineries Continue to Open



NEW WINERIES keep popping up, including many in unexpected places. Now that the Thousand Islands-Seaway has become an established region (who knew?!), the next newcomer is the Champlain region—near Lake Champlain which separates New York and Vermont—which already has three wineries, with more to come. This week we got notice that Eminence Road Farm Winery in Long Eddy is officially open and will be selling at area farmers’ markets and local wine shops. Owned by Jennifer Clark and Andrew Scott, the winery is located in a mountain valley in southern Delaware County (no wineries there before!) and is making unfined and unfiltered Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Dry Apple Wine and others (visit www.eminenceroad.com). When I first came to this industry 27 years ago, there were wineries in about 7 counties—compared with 45 now (of 62), which is just wonderful politically. Frankly, the industry is growing so fast it’s hard to keep up with it. As far as I know there are now 262 fully licensed (federal and state) wine producers (not including satellite stores), with many licenses still pending at the State Liquor Authority. Last week, a representative from the federal Tax and Trade Bureau said New York now has 294 TTB-approved licenses, which means we’ll probably top 300 in the near future. Now I ask you: What other industry in New York State is growing that fast?

- Jim Tresize, New York WIne & Grape Foundation