The publishers of Wine Enthusiast Magazine, has named New York State “Wine Region of the Year.” The prestigious award will be presented in New York City during the Wine Star Awards gala dinner in January.
Jim Trezise, president of the New York Wine and Grape Foundation said, “It is a big honor.” “This award literally belongs to hundreds of people who have worked together on many fronts to improve the quality of our grapes and wines, grow our industry, and market the products. We’re the 30-year overnight success,”
New York has more than 375 wineries throughout 56 of the state’s 62 counties. The industry generates annual economic benefits to the state exceeding $4.8 billion, according to the foundation.
In the early 1980s the wine industry experienced an economic crisis. Then-Gov. Mario Cuomo initiated a comprehensive package of legislation that transformed the industry “into the fastest growing industry” in the important agriculture and tourism sectors in the state.
That business climate has been enhanced even more since Gov. Andrew Cuomo took office in January 2011. Trezise says the governor has boosted the industry by holding two “Wine, Beer, Spirits & Cider Summits,” changing several important laws and regulations that help the industry, and increased awareness and sales of New York wines.