JOE ROBACH OFFICE ANNOUNCES NEW YORK STATE NAMED “WINE REGION OF THE YEAR” BY WINE ENTHUSIAST MAGAZINE

Joe Robach Office joined others around the state in helping to reveal that New York State has been honored with the title of “Wine Region of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast magazine. The publication cited the quality of wines, tremendous growth of the industry, and greatly improved business climate. The award will be presented at the Wine Star Awards gala dinner on January 26 at the New York Public Library.

New York has created more than 100 farm wineries, 28 farm winery branch offices and 28 new wineries over the last few years. New York is the third largest wine and grape producing state in the nation, with 37,000 acres of vineyards and more than 375 wineries in 56 counties. According to a recent economic impact study commissioned by the New York Wine and Grape Foundation, the industry has a $4.8 billion economic impact and attracts 5.3 million tourists annually to the state. The industry supports 25,000 full-time jobs with wages amounting to more than $1.4 billion. The quality of New York wines has risen substantially in recent years as well. Last year alone, New York wineries won over 700 gold medals or above at competitions across the world, the most in one year in the history of the state.

Joe Robach Office also noted that Taste NY has become one of the most successful marketing programs in New York State history, shining a spotlight on the array of high-quality foods and beverages produced right here in New York. Taste NY produced a commercial promoting the quality of New York wines as well as another video highlighting the tremendous grape harvest of 2013. State wines can also be found at Taste NY stores at LaGuardia Airport and Grand Central Terminal. The Taste NY Market at Todd Hill’s weekly farmers’ market on the Taconic also showcases New York State wines. New York wines are also featured at high-profile events often sponsored by Taste NY, including the New York City Wine and Food Festival, the PGA Championship, the Great New York State Fair and the annual meet at Saratoga Race Course.

For more information about New York State’s farm-based beverage industry, visit www.taste.ny.gov or call Joe Robach office.