Winship Media, and the Long Island Wine Council
, will use $150,000 to create a new stream of educational tourism activities to drive new direct-sales opportunities for local wineries.
Steven Bates, executive director of The Long Island Wine Council
in New York, suggested the proposal "could work for multistate AVAs." Grapegrowers in his area, who mostly sell within New York or in adjacent Connecticut, might benefit.
In 1989, the Long Island Wine Council
was founded with the objective of promoting Long Island as a producer of world-class wines and a desirable travel and tourism destination.
Contact the Long Island Wine Council
(631-369 5887; www.liwines.com) for information about all of Long Island's wineries.
The land trust was assisted in administering the grant program by a number of other groups, including the Long Island Community Foundation, Suffolk County Economic Development and Planning, the Long Island Farm Bureau, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, Cornell University's Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Center, Farm Credit East, Long Island Wine Council
and Edible East End.
Producer groups from eight wine regions in the U.S., including the Napa Valley Vintners, Oregon Winegrowers Association, Willamette Valley Wineries Association, Long Island Wine Council
and others--totaling nearly 2,000 winer-ies--have joined forces to protest the expected delegation of the wine gTLD.
wine regions have banded together to oppose the gTLDs, including the Oregon Winegrowers Association (545 wineries), the Napa Valley Vintners (500 wineries), Sonoma County Vintners (230 wineries), Willamette Valley Wineries Association (200 wineries), Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance (160 wineries), the Santa Barbara County Vintners' Association (150 wineries), the Walla Walla Wine Alliance (75 wineries) and the Long Island Wine Council
5 and 6, some 240 vintners, growers, retailers, restaurateurs, sommeliers and consumers gathered for a two-day symposium, "The Art of Balance: Cool Climate/Maritime Wines in a Global Context." The conference was hosted by Stony Brook Southampton's Center for Wine, Food and Culture in cooperation with the Long Island Wine Council
, with funding from the New York Wine & Grape Foundation.
They include the Cayuga Wine Trail, the Long Island Wine Council
(LIWC), Dutchess Wine Trail, Shawangunk Wine Trail, Seneca Lake Wine Trail, Keuka Lake Wine Route, Canandaigua Lake Wine Trail, Lake Ontario Wine Trail, Niagara Wine Trail and Chautauqua Wine Trail.
One thing they can be sure of, says Steven Bate, executive director of the Long Island Wine Council
, is that "in general there will be less 2005 Merlot.
Steven Bate, executive director of the Long Island Wine Council
, says the council had commissioned a report on how other regions have made an impact through such quality groups, and will issue that report later this year.
For those who wish to go beyond a day trip, the Long Island Wine Council
offers a four-day wine camp for $675 per person.