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Wine Enthusiast Magazine Names New York State As Recipient of the 2014 Wine Star for Wine Region of the Year
10/29/2014
 Success stories seldom come in such a complete package as New York State. Once a minor blip on the state’s economic and tourism map, New York’s five internationally recognized wine areas— Long Island, Hudson River Region, Finger Lakes, Niagara Escarpment and Lake Erie—have flourished into internationally recognized destinations and now represent $3.7 billion annually for the state economy. Since 1985, the industry grew from 37 statewide wineries to 375, and from 340,000 tourist visits yearly to over five million.

“The New York wine industry has made a remarkable comeback in the past 30 years in terms of the quality of wines, number of wineries, and economic impact,” said Adam Strum, Publisher and Editor of Wine Enthusiast Magazine. “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-producing destinations in the world.”

The impetus for positive change began in 1985, when former governor Mario M. Cuomo created the New York Wine & Grape Foundation for research and promotion in support of the state’s grape and wine industry. That strong growth has exploded since Andrew M. Cuomo became governor in January 2011: Cuomo has held two New York state Wine, Beer, Spirits and Cider summits; changed numerous laws and regulations; and launched an aggressive promotional program in support of the farm-based craft beverage sector.

The quality of New York wines has improved just as dramatically, thanks largely to research sponsored by the Foundation, projects spearheaded by Cornell University, and the growing expertise of committed vintners in the regions. Today, New York wines made of varieties including Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Riesling and native varieties such as Seyval and Traminette are garnering serious praise among sommeliers and critics alike, with consistently high critical scores and more than 700 top awards in major competitions around the world.

“This award literally belongs to hundreds of people who have worked together on many fronts to improve the quality of our grapes and wines to grow our industry, and to market the products, “ says Jim Trezise, president of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, representing wineries statewide.

For the full article on Wine Region of the Year winner New York State, as well as in-depth looks at all 2014 winners, see the Best of Year issue of Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

New York State will be presented the Wine Star Trophy for Wine Region of the Year at the Wine Star Awards dinner, to be held January 26, 2015 in New York City.

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Post By:   Christina Shanley