In 2011 New York State decreased regulation on the area wine industry with the The Fine Winery Law, helping to spur growth in the wine industry locally. In New York the wine industry has only seen small growth in acreage but has recently seen an increase in the number of wineries that are operating. Of the 62 New York state counties, 51 have at least one winery and the state is seeing nearly 10 new wineries open each year. According to newyorkwines.com, the industry generates over $3 billion in economic benefits per year.
Our surrounding area has a couple of local wineries within a short distance from Lights of Home.
Madison County Wineries
5276 East Lake Rd
Cazenovia, NY 13035
Located just west of the intersection of North Lake and East Lake Roads on Cazenovia Lake. Producing outstanding Rieslings, Cabernet Franc and other vinifera wines. The tasting room will be open to the public in May of 2013, but you can purchase their wines online today.
Harvest Moon Cidery at Critz Farms
3232 Rippleton Road
Cazenovia, NY 13035
Sample from and purchase six varieties of hard cider made from apples pressed on our 1800s four screw cider press. Additional NYS wines from select wineries are available for purchase too.
Good Nature Brewing, Inc.
8 Broad Street
Hamilton, NY 13346
Located in Hamilton, NY. We brew fine-quality handcrafted ales in small batches. Styles include pale ales, IPA’s, porters, wheats, lagers, and stouts. All our ales are completely unfiltered and contain no artificial additives or adjuncts. Located at 37 Milford Street in Hamilton, we will offer tastings, growler fills, kegs and merchandise to retail customers. Our ales will also be available in bars and restaurants across Central New York. We will offer tours that we are happy to gear to craft beer drinkers and brewers of every level of enthusiasm and expertise. We strive to be an integral part of our community by sourcing most of our ingredients, merchandise, and more from local and regional purveyors.
A New York State of Wine
(via Jim Trezise, President of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation)
New York Grape & Wine Industry
#3 state in total grape acreage
#2 grape juice producer
#3 wine producer
962 vineyards covering 31,745 acres
150,000 tons annual grape harvest
65% for grape juice, 33% wine, 2% fresh fruit
169 wineries, 150 established since 1976
4 major regions: Lake Erie (8), Finger Lakes (73), Hudson River(28), Long Island (28)
10 wine trails: Chautauqua, Niagara, Lake Ontario, Canandaigua, Keuka, Seneca, Cayuga, Shawangunk, Dutchess, Long Island
Table, Sparkling, Dessert, and Specialty wines
200,000,000 bottles produced annually
3,000,000 tourists, 20,000 employees