Sunday, December 12, 2010

New York Wine Goes Abroad


From Jim Trezise, President, NYWGF -

Peconic Bay Winery on the North Fork of Long Island is going to Canada and China, joining a number of other local wineries that have been exporting to various countries over the years. The company's Nautique red and white wines, presented in a unique and eye-catching bottle and label, will initially be featured in Newfoundland, Canada as well as some upscale restaurants and hotels in Beijing, China.

Palmer Vineyards was the first Long Island to export years ago, and was deeply involved in our export program focused on Canada and the United Kingdom. Several other wineries have also exported their wines to various markets, including Bedell Cellars, Duck Walk Winery, Pindar Vineyards, and Paumanok Vineyards; and Wolffer Estate winemaker Roman Roth participated in NYWGF's "Uncork New York" booth at ProWein in Germany in March.

Direct sales to consumers remain the lifeblood of the New York wine industry, but as the industry expands and production grows, exploring new markets is vital. For over a decade, with funding from the federal Market Access Program, the NYWGF has conducted an export program aimed primarily at eastern Canada and the United Kingdom as the gateway to the broader European market. This year the NYWGF plans to participate at trade and consumer shows in those markets plus Belgium, Germany, and possibly Hong Kong.
Again, congrats, Jim!