St. Lawrence County 'Wine Trail' proposed
Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 11:42 am

This map shows the proposed route of the St. Lawrence County Wine Trail.

 A Senate proposal would establish a wine trail in St. Lawrence County.

Sen. Ritchie, who introduced the bill says it could help local wineries and vineyards, boost local businesses and create jobs in the North Country.

“Over the past 27 years, more than 250 new wineries have opened across New York State—that includes many in the North Country. Along with those new businesses come new opportunities to attract tourists to our region,” Ritchie said. “This legislation will literally put our local wineries on the map, creating a county-wide tourist destination that can eventually be linked to the Thousand Islands Wine Trail in Jefferson County. Moreover, the measure will help to spotlight these new wineries, boosting their businesses and also will provide for new business and employment opportunities in the North Country.”

There are currently 16 wine trails across New York, from the eastern end of Long Island to the Niagara escarpment, and including Jefferson County’s wine trail. The St. Lawrence County Wine Trail would be the state’s 17th; a reflection of the industry’s growth and statewide presence.

Under the proposed legislation (S.6321), the St. Lawrence County Wine Trail would begin near Black Lake’s Bella Brooke Winery in Morristown, extending to Lisbon’s River Myst Winery and then to High Peaks Winery in Winthrop.

The trail is designed also to attract visitors to St. Lawrence Brewing’s microbrewery in Canton, providing the four establishments additional opportunities to collaborate and market themselves.

This is just the latest effort by Senator Ritchie to support New York’s growing wine industry.