Gov. Cuomo to promote wines, Finger Lakes tourism at Governor's Cup Wine Tour and Competition

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Gov. Andrew Cuomo


Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a special tour to bring leading wine industry professionals, restaurateurs and tourism officials together to promote New York State's award-winning wines and drive tourism to the Finger Lakes region during this year's New York Wine & Food Classic wine competition.

"New York State has some of the greatest wines and most beautiful wineries in the world," said Cuomo. "All we have to do is expose wine lovers to all that New York has to offer, and I am confident we will gain a whole new community of aficionados, customers and visitors. The wine industry in New York produces thousands of jobs across the state. I am excited that so many influential leaders will be joining me for a day in the Finger Lakes to experience these great wines and the breathtaking places that produce them."

The annual wine competition, being held Tuesday, Aug. 13, is organized by the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, and culminates with the presentation of the Governor's Cup, a large silver chalice, recognizing the "Best of Show" or top prize from the more than 800 entries.

The Governor's Cup wine tour will include tastings at Anthony Road Winery in Penn Yan, Glenora Wine Cellars in Dundee and Lakewood Vineyards in Watkins Glen. Guests will sample wines from Finger Lakes areas including Keuka, Seneca, Canandiagua and Cayuga Lake, as well as from other state wine regions like Hudson Valley, Long Island, Niagara and Thousand Islands, and food made from native New York ingredients. Visitors will see vineyards and gardens, production facilities where wine is pressed and bottled, areas where wine is stored, and learn about how grapes are grown and harvested. They will also have the opportunity to purchase products from the vineyards.

"The wine and beverage industry could not ask for a better ambassador than Gov. Cuomo," said Jim Trezise, President of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation. "We very much appreciate his highlighting the Governor's Cup and the state's magnificent wines, and know that with his support, the industry will grow and continue to create vital jobs for the state."

The Governor's Cup Wine Tour is the latest in a series of efforts Governor Cuomo has undertaken to boost tourism and make made-in-NY products a household brand. These efforts include:

Launching New York's largest tourism campaign in decades;

Launching Taste NY to promote New York made food and beverage products;

Making it easier for the state's beverage industry to thrive and grow, by streamlining regulations and procedures and creating a one-stop shop web-site to provide New York's wine, beer, and spirits producers with a single point of government contact for assistance regarding regulations, licensing, state incentives or any other questions.

Since Cuomo took office, New York State has seem 17 percent growth in farm wineries, 74% percent growth in micro breweries, 83 percent growth in cideries, 211 percent growth in farm distilleries and 400 percent growth in hop production.

The New York Wine & Food Classic is a professional wine competition open to all New York wineries, and also includes categories for distilled spirits and cider. The judges are all wine professionals from different fields like wine educators, wine store managers, restaurant wine buyers, wine writers and university enologists. This year's judges are from England, France, California, Indiana, Ohio, Maryland, Missouri, Washington State, New York City and other parts of New York State. The top winning wines routinely sell out within hours of the awards being announced.