As of this week, the number of licensed wine producers in New York is 337, with 14 licenses pending, meaning we'll soon top 350. That doesn't include 10 satellite stores or 48 branch stores (with two pending) where consumers may also buy New York wine -- as well as New York beers, spirits, ciders, and foods.
The newest wine trail, the Upper Hudson Valley Wine Trail, is a good example of new wineries popping up in unlikely places like Saratoga and planting the extreme cold hardy Minnesota varieties like Frontenac and Marquette.
Victory View Vineyard, owned by Gerry and Mary Barnhart, is a small operation on a hill that overlooks the Hudson River and Saratoga National Historical Park. Gerry is also President of the new trail, which includes about a dozen wineries from Lake George to Ballston Spa and will have its first event (wine and cheese) on June 15 and 16.
We commissioned an industry economic impact study in 2008 which showed our industry's total benefit to the state exceeds $3.76 billion annually. That's old data, and surely now conservative. So we're going to do another one using 2012 data, and also include the economic impact of the other farm-based craft beverages (beer, spirits, cider).