Press-Republican

October 11, 2013

Adirondack Coast Wine Trail approved

DAN HEATH
Press-Republican

PLATTSBURGH — The Adirondack Coast Wine Trail has been approved by New York state, providing a marketing boost to local producers.

“This new law 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,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a press release after signing the law creating the designation.

The trail covers an area from Peru north through Plattsburgh and Morrisonville to Chazy and Mooers.

COORDINATED SIGNAGE

Wineries and cideries on the trail include Everett Orchards Cidery in the Town of Plattsburgh; Hid-In-Pines Vineyard, Morrisonville; Champlain Wine Company, City of Plattsburgh; Elfs Farm Winery and Cider Mill, Town of Plattsburgh; Vesco Ridge Vineyard and Amazing Grace Vineyard, Chazy; and Stonehouse Vineyard, Mooers.

They are now allowed to request signage along the trail from the State Department of Transportation, although each vineyard has to pay for its signs.

Dan Vesco, owner of Vesco Ridge Vineyards, said the measure will help other North Country businesses, as well.

“Tourists visiting the wineries will start shopping and visiting other businesses in the area, making it a win-win for everybody,” he said in a press release.

‘LOCAL TREASURE’

The wine-trail measure was sponsored by State Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury) and Assemblywoman Janet Duprey (R-Peru) in 2011. Neither branch of the legislature passed it in that year. The Senate OK’d the legislation last year, but the Assembly did not.

But both houses of the legislature approved it earlier this year, after which it was signed by Cuomo.

That move was welcomed by both the sponsoring representatives.

“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,” Little said. “The number of wineries is increasing in the region, and we look forward to adding more as the industry grows.”

Duprey said she was pleased the governor had signed the Adirondack Coast Wine Trail law. 

“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.”

Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau Director Kristy Kennedy said the designation will help them promote North Country wineries to a broader audience.

“This designation ties directly into the goals of the Clinton County Destination Master Plan to establish the destination as a place offering visitors an authentic and immersive agri-tourism experience,” she said.

WINE FESTIVAL

The second-annual Adirondack Coast Wine, Cider and Food Festival is noon to 8 p.m. this Saturday at the Crete Civic Center in Plattsburgh.

The event features locally crafted wine from the designated producers and others, area gourmet food vendors, farm products from local artisans and entertainment throughout the day, including live music and demonstrations. 

New this year is Race to Taste, a student cooking competition. The culinary challenge will feature local foods and value-added products that the teams will prepare, to be tasted by judges in the VIP room. 

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. No one younger than 21 will be admitted.

For more information on the Adirondack Coast Wine, Cider and Food Festival, visit adirondackcoastwinetrail.com.

Email Dan Heath:dheath@pressrepublican.com