The Upper Hudson Valley Wine & Grape Association held recent elections. New to the Association’s executive committee is Kate Taylor, co-owner and winemaker of Galway Rock Winery & Vineyard in Galway, NY. Kate now serves as President following Gerry Barnhart’s seven year tenure as the leader of the growing association. Josh Cupp, owner-operator of Thirsty Owl Outlet & Wine Garden in Saratoga Springs, continues to serve as Vice President. Sasha Pardy, co-owner of Adirondack Winery in Lake George is the newly elected Secretary. Gerry Barnhart, co-owner and winemaker of Victory View Vineyard in Easton, continues to serve on the executive committee as Past President and Acting Treasurer.
The executive committee reflects the diversity of the wine trail which spans the region from Lake George in the north to Albany in the south with most businesses located in Saratoga and Washington counties. The Association has grown to 14 business members and several affiliate members.
The mission of the Upper Hudson Valley Wine and Grape Association is to foster the success of members by using expertise, experience, resources and networks to support, coordinate and promote commercial enology and viticulture in the Upper Hudson Valley. In addition to promoting local wineries, the organization’s goals are to promote enology and viticulture education for affiliate members, and work together to form strategic alliances with local businesses to promote agritourism in the region.
Under the leadership of the executive committee, and with the cooperation of all members and local business leaders, the wine industry in the region is set to expand.