ALBANY — A move to establish a wine trail in St. Lawrence County has passed the State Assembly.
Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell (D-Theresa) is sponsoring legislation to support local vineyards and wineries by establishing a St. Lawrence Wine Trail.
The would trail connect three wineries from Morristown to Winthrop and provide new opportunities for marketing and increased tourism.
“New York’s wine industry has boomed over the past several years, and we want to make sure that people know that some of the best wines in the state are made right here in the North Country,” Russell said in a news release.
“This bill puts these exceptional craftspeople literally on the map, drawing more customers and providing a vital economic boost as visitors spend time and money in our communities.”
Clinton County is already involved in a wine trail that earned funding in the 2012 Regional Economic Development Council competition.
The Adirondack Coast Wine Trail received $45,000 for signage.
The Wine Trail was approved by the State Legislature, and the State Department of Transportation has OK’d sign locations.
The St. Lawrence Wine Trail would start near Black Lake’s Bella Brooke Winery in Morristown, extending to Lisbon’s River Myst Winery and then to High Peaks Winery in Winthrop, enabling the companies to join together in marketing St. Lawrence County as a wine destination.
“Bracketed between the 1000 Islands Trail and the Adirondack Coast Trail, St. Lawrence County wineries have not had the benefit of increased awareness and marketing that come with being located on a wine trail,” Russell noted.
“This legislation provides an opportunity for them to grow their businesses and create jobs.”
Currently, 16 wine trails exist across New York state.
Located in every region of the state, these trails have promoted New York as a major wine-producing state, contributing to a 40 percent rise in the number of wineries since 2011.