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October 6, 2013

Farm briefs: Oct. 6, 2013

Cuomo signs wine-trail, sales legislation

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a series of new laws that will continue the state’s efforts to better market and promote New York wine by allowing wine to be sold at roadside farm markets and designating portions of 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.

The farm-markets legislation will create a new venue for New York wineries to sell their products by allowing roadside farm markets 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.

The governor also signed four wine-trail laws. There are currently 16 wine trails designated by state law. The newly established Adirondack Coast Wine Trail will begin at Exit 35 of I-87 in the Town of Peru and continue into the Town of Plattsburgh.

“Communities in the North Country have found great success in growing grapes and producing wine, and the Adirondack Coast Wine Trail will help promote and direct people to this local treasure,” Sen. Betty Little said. “The number of wineries is increasing in the region, and we look forward to adding more as the industry grows.”

Assemblywoman Janet Duprey said she is pleased the governor signed the legislation.

“This bill, which was strongly supported by local wineries, the North Country Chamber of Commerce and the Farm Bureau will bring further attention to this growing agribusiness,” she said. “Our local wineries offer great views of the Adirondack Mountains and Lake Champlain while providing a wide variety of award-winning wines. As the first international wine trail, the Adirondack Coast Wine Trail will connect to trails in Vermont and Quebec supporting tourism throughout the region.”

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