St. Lawrence County Wine Trail awaits governor’s signature, includes Hammond, Lisbon, Winthrop wineries, Canton brewery
Friday, June 13, 2014 - 11:33 am

The proposed ‘St. Lawrence County Wine Trail’ has cleared the state legislature and awaits the governor’s signature,

Sen. Patty Ritchie’s plan to create a “St. Lawrence Wine Trail,” was approved by the Senate Thursday. It also passed the Assembly earlier this week and was sponsored by Assemblywoman Addie Russell. Ritchie represents the western portion of St. Lawrence County including Ogdensburg, Canton and Gouverneur. Russell represents large portion of the county including Ogdensburg, Canton, Massena and Potsdam.

The proposed St. Lawrence County Wine Trail stretches more than 80 miles, alongside Black Lake, through Morristown, Ogdensburg, Canton, Potsdam, Stockholm and Brasher Falls, and links three existing wineries in Hammond, Lisbon and Winthrop, as well as the county’s new craft brewery.

Sen. Ritchie, local tourism leaders and wine producers themselves designed the route jointly.

“From our beautiful rivers and lakes, to our quaint villages, woods, fields and farms, there’s already a lot to love about St. Lawrence County. Our new Wine Trail will help us show off all that the North Country has to offer, and one more thing, as well—our good taste,” Ritchie said in a news release.

“The trail will be a boon to our local wine producers, as well as to businesses and communities all along the way—in addition to touring wineries and purchasing their fine products, tourists will see the many unique communities, rolling countryside and off-the-beaten-track attractions that help make this region so special, and their welcome tourist dollars can help fuel local economies and create jobs.”