Report: NY Wineries Had a Good Year

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The New York Wine and Grape Foundation is toasting to a good year for New York wineries.

The group said in a statement that 2012 was a strong year for the quality of New York wines and its industry growth.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has made New York burgeoning wine and beer industry a focal point. He held a Beer and Wine Summit in October.

Some of the group’s findings:

  • The wine grape harvest was one of the earliest ever, with “average quantity and superb quality across virtually all grape varieties and regions.”
  • New York wines won a record number of top medals in major international competitions, along with positive reviews in major consumer publications.
  • 17 new wine producer licenses were issued so far this year, bringing New York’s total to 328, with at least 9 still pending. That means 55 of New York’s 62 counties now boasting wine producers (including Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens).
  • “New York Drinks New York” has been “an extraordinarily successful promotion of New York wines in New York City.”
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