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October 1, 2013

State OKs wine at farmers' markets

Staff report
The Daily Star

---- — New York wine will be allowed to be sold at farmers’ markets throughout the state after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation to that effect Monday.

The bills permit wine to be purchased at roadside farm markets and designate portions of the state highways near wineries and vineyards as “Wine Trails.”

“These new laws will build on our continuing efforts to promote New York’s wine industry across the state and beyond, boosting tourism, local economies and job growth,” Cuomo said in a media statement.

“We are increasing market opportunities for local producers and farmers and expanding our wine trails to attract tourists to communities across upstate New York. Our state is home to hundreds of wineries that produce some of the best wine in the world, and we want both New Yorkers and visitors to come and enjoy them.”

The farm markets will be allowed to sell wine manufactured and produced by up to two licensed farm wineries, special wineries or micro-wineries located within 20 miles of the roadside farm market.

Bill Magee, chairman of the Assembly agriculture committee, said in a statement: “By allowing New York’s wide variety of quality wines to be sold at roadside farm markets, we are opening another door for this important industry. This is a measure that will support the growth of local businesses in our communities, and provide an important boost to wine producers across the state.”

The legislation includes the following wine trail designations:

• The “Shawangunk East Wine Trail” will be expanded to include State Route 32

from State Route 17 in Orange County, to County Route 94 in New Windsor, to U.S. Route 9-W continuing westward on to U.S. Route 44/State Route 55 within the town of Lloyd to its intersection with State Route 208 in the town of Gardiner in Ulster County. (A.4614-A / S.2790-A)

• The “Niagara Escarpment Wine Trail” will be renamed the “Niagara Wine Trail Ridge” and will be extended to include all of State Route 104 through State Route 390. The “Niagara Wine Trail” will be renamed the “Niagara Wine Trail Lake” and will be extended to include portions of Country Route 269, State Routes 104 and 18, County Route 425, and U.S Route 62 in Niagara and Erie counties.

• The newly established “Adirondack Coast Wine Trail” will begin at Exit 35 of the I-87 in the town of Peru and continue into the town of Plattsburgh.

• The “Chautauqua Wine Trail” will be renamed the “Lake Erie Wine Country Trail.” The route will remain unchanged.

New York is home to nearly 500 wineries, breweries, distilleries, and cideries. The state ranks third in the nation in wine and grape production.