The word “coast” doesn’t necessarily mean oceanfront locales. Take the Adirondack Coast Wine Trail, for example.
The industry group of seven wineries and cideries in the Lake Champlain/Plattsburgh region, which has been promoting its wines, ciders and tourism possibilities, has received official state recognition through legislation signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The newly-sanctioned trail will run from Exit 35 of I-87 in the Town of Peru into the greater Plattsburgh area. The venues it connects are:
- Amazing Grace Vineyard and Winery
- ELFS Farm Winery & Cidermill
- Everett Orchards
- Hid-In-Pines Vineyard
- Stonehouse Vineyard
- The Champlain Wine Company
- Vesco Ridge Vineyards
The first major event under the newly-sanctioned brand will be held this Saturday (October 12). The 2nd annual Adirondack Coast Wine, Cider & Food Festival will run from noon to 8 p.m. at the Crete Civic Center, located at 41 City Hall Place in Plattsburgh. Phone: (518) 563-4431.
It will feature locally crafted wine, local food vendors, farm products from local artisans and entertainment throughout the day, including live music and demonstrations.
New to the event this year will be “Race to Taste,” a student cooking competition. The culinary challenge will feature local foods and value-added products that the teams will prepare to be tasted by judges in the VIP room.
Wines in this region are made from cold-hardy grapes crafted from hybrids of European grapes and American rootstock that can withstand cold temperatures, such as Frontenac, Cayuga White, Petite Amie and Louise Swenson. Many of those grapes were introduced to the world in just the past decade or so.
“This new law will build on our continuing efforts to promote New York’s wine industry across the state and beyond, boosting tourism, local economies and job growth,” Cuomo said in a statement.
Assembly member Janet L. Duprey, said, “I am pleased the Governor has signed into Law the Adirondack Coast Wine Trail legislation. This bill, which was strongly supported by local wineries, the North Country Chamber of Commerce and the Farm Bureau, will bring further attention to this growing agribusiness. Our local wineries offer great views of the Adirondack Mountains and Lake Champlain while providing a wide variety of award winning wines.”
State Senator Betty Little said, “Communities in the North Country have found great success in growing grapes and producing wine, and the Adirondack Coast Wine Trail will help promote and direct people to this local treasure. The number of wineries is increasing in the region, and we look forward to adding more as the industry grows.”