Working Together to Build a Wine Region

Members of the Upper Hudson Valley Wine and Grape Association are pleased to announce the official state designation of the Upper Hudson Wine Trail with the governor’s recent signature on the bill.

ThaUpper Hudson Valley Wine Trailnk you to Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner and Senator Kathleen Marchione and their staff.  Assemblywoman Woerner and Senator Marchione authored the legislation designating a portion of the state highway system as the Upper Hudson Wine Trail. Assemblywoman Woerner said, “Upstate New York has a rich history in the wine industry, and communities in Saratoga and Washington counties are adding to it by establishing successful wineries and vineyards,” Woerner said. “The new trail will highlight our region’s natural resources, boosting tourism, family businesses and the local economy.” Each year New York State’s wine industry generates $408 million in state and local taxes. “A thriving agricultural industry benefits the state’s farm and food industries, hundreds of local communities, and all of New York’s consumers,” Woerner added.

Senator Marchione’s legislation designates portions of the State Highway as the Upper Hudson Wine Trail from its northern point at Lake George, to its southernmost point at Clarksville, and as far west as Fonda, and to the easternmost point at Salem. “The designation will help grow New York’s vital grape, grape juice and wine industries that generate more than $4.8 billion in economic benefits yearly,” Senator Marchione said.

Since 2012 our association members worked with the past and present New York State Legislature, Dept of Ag and Markets and Dept of Transportation to bring this official designation to fruition. In final stages of the legislative process our Association negotiated strongly to ensure the interests of all vineyards and all wineries were represented in the bill. This resulted in substantive changes to the bill that satisfied the pioneering vineyards and wineries in our region.

Kudos especially to our Association’s executive committee – Kate Taylor, current president and owner of Galway Rock Vineyard & Winery, Gerry Barnhart, past president, current acting treasurer and owner of Victory View Vineyard, Sasha Pardy, secretary and owner of Adirondack Winery, and Josh Cupp, vice president and owner of Thirsty Owl Outlet and Wine Garden.

The inclusive bill became law due to the efforts of all members including Amorici Vineyard, Fossil Stone Vineyards, Ledge Rock Hill Winery & Vineyard, The Saratoga Winery, Oliva Vineyards, Swedish Hill Winery, Mariposa Fields Vineyard and Johnston’s Winery, as well as representatives from the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, the NYS Farm Bureau and Northern Cross Vineyard. The eventual road signs for the Upper Hudson Wine Trail will include a designated route spanning from Lake George in the North into parts of Washington, Saratoga, Warren, Rensselaer, Albany, Schenectady, Montgomery and Schoharie counties.

The members of the Upper Hudson Valley Wine & Grape Association worked for several years educating consumers of our budding wine region and increasing recognition of the local grape and wine industry. We are thrilled that our New York State government has officially recognized the Upper Hudson Wine Trail and look forward to the continued growth and advancement of the wineries and vineyards of our expanding region. Our Association fully supports the bill as signed by Governor Cuomo and we look forward to working together to make the Upper Hudson Wine Trail one of the most vibrant wine regions in the country.

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