PLATTSBURGH — The Adirondack Coast Wine Trail has been approved by the State Legislature.
The trail extends from Mooers to Morrisonville, with stops at six wineries and one cider maker.
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Philip Favreau, owner of Stonehouse Vineyard in Mooers, said that while it took several attempts to get approval for the trail, the outcome makes it worth the wait.
“We’re very happy to see this has happened,” he said.
The recognition will allow the vineyards to request signage from the State Department of Transportation along local highways.
The signs are paid for by the vineyards.
Favreau said that will help more wine enthusiasts see where local vintners are located.
“We have many times sold to people that didn’t realize we were here,” he said.
Colin Read, co-owner of Champlain Wine Company in Plattsburgh and North Star Vineyard in Mooers, also noted that it took three legislative sessions to get the bills passed.
The first year, neither chamber approved the legislation. Last year, the Senate OK’d it, but the Assembly did not.
He said the Finger Lakes is a prime example of the benefits of wine-trail recognition and branding.
The locals decided on the Adirondack Coast Wine Trail name to take advantage of the recognition of the Adirondack Coast brand created by the North Country Chamber of Commerce.
“It gives our wineries a lot more visibility,” Read said.
The other members of the trail are Vesco Ridge Vineyard in the Chazy hamlet of Ingraham, Amazing Grace Vineyard and Winery in Chazy, Hid-In-Pines Vineyard in Morrisonville, Elf’s Farm Winery and Cider Mill in Plattsburgh and Everett Orchard Cidery in Peru.
Wine trails support an already booming wine and grape industry in the state that draws nearly 5 million visitors a year, according to the New York State Wine and Grape Foundation.