According to Governor Cuomo, grape growers from all across the state report an abundant harvest. While figures from this year’s harvest are not yet available, reports from all sections of the state have been extremely positive with many grape growers reporting an abundant harvest of superb fruit.
Long Island had the best harvest in terms of warm, dry weather throughout the fall. While the rest of the state had more variable weather, it still ended up with a great quality harvest. New York grapes, particularly varieties from Western New York, are also used in a number of other products including various juices and jellies. New York ranks third nationally in wine and grape production, with the crop value estimated at $52.3 million in 2012.
Visit the “Taste NY” website to view a video about this year’s harvest and some of the reforms spearheaded by Governor Cuomo to grow New York’s wine industry.
In October 2012, Governor Cuomo launched the first-ever Beer, Wine and Spirits Summit where he listened to concerns brought forth by members of the industry and announced a series of measures to cut through red tape and improve the business climate for the state’s beverage producers. A regional summit was held by administration officials in Hyde Park last week where the industry praised the progress that has been made over the past year.
To find a winery near you, visit the Open New York website.