New York Wine Industry Leaders accept Wine Region of the Year Award

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
A group of New York State wine industry leaders accepted the Wine Enthusiast magazine's Wine Star Award for the Wine Region of the Year March 30 at the New York Public Library. From left are John and Ann Martini of Anthony Road Wine Co. of Torrey and Jim Trezise of Penn Yan, president of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation based in Canandaigua.

New York State has been honored with the title of "Wine Region of the Year" by Wine Enthusiast magazine. The publication cited the quality of wines, tremendous growth of the industry, and greatly improved business climate. The award was presented at the Wine Star Awards gala dinner March 30 at the New York Public Library.

Adam Strum, Publisher and Editor of Wine Enthusiast, said, “The New York wine industry has made a remarkable comeback in the past thirty years in terms of the quality of wines, number of wineries, and economic impact. All of those positive indicators have accelerated tremendously during the past four years, making New York State one of the most vibrant and promising wine regions in the world.”

New York is the third largest wine and grape producing state in the nation, with 37,000 acres of vineyards and more than 375 wineries in 56 counties. According to a recent economic impact study commissioned by the New York Wine and Grape Foundation, the industry has a $4.8 billion economic impact and attracts 5.3 million tourists annually to the state. The industry supports 25,000 full-time jobs with wages amounting to more than $1.4 billion. The quality of New York wines has risen substantially in recent years as well. Last year alone, New York wineries won over 700 gold medals or above at competitions across the world, the most in one year in the history of the state.

Jim Trezise, President of the New York Wine and Grape Foundation, said, “Being named ‘Wine Region of the Year’ in Wine Enthusiast’s Wine Star Awards is a huge honor and a reflection of our overall goal—‘To have the New York grape and wine industry recognized as a world leader in quality, productivity, and social responsibility.’ It is a tribute to former Gov. Mario M. Cuomo, who rescued our industry in 1985; to the hundreds of people in our industry who have worked together to always get better; to Cornell University for world-class research; and to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo for his Administration’s incredible support in creating the best business climate for our industry in the history of New York State. Legislators in both parties and both chambers also share credit for their strong support, particularly Senator Patty Ritchie and Assemblyman Bill Magee who chair their respective Agriculture Committees. As proud as we are of New York wines, we are even more proud of the many people responsible for achieving this prestigious recognition that New York is truly a world-class wine region. We’re the 30-year overnight success!”

For more information about New York State’s farm-based beverage industry, visit www.taste.ny.gov.