It’s rare to hear about an industry in a particular region of the country that is currently growing and flourishing – but that’s exactly what’s happening in the wine business on Long Island. With over 3,000 acres of vines and over 30 vineyards, Long Island is one of the few established wine regions on the East Coast and long been a destination for those visiting from New York and other New England states. This is particuarly true this summer, as many locals are opting to stay in the area for vacation (dubbed “staycations”) as opposed to spending lots of money on exotic destinations. Newsday reports that despite the recession, the wine business on Long Island seems not only to be surviving, but thriving with the opening of close to a dozen new winemaking operations in a year period.
Steve Bate, executive director of the Long Island Wine Council, a Riverhead-based advocacy group for the region’s grape growers and winemakers, said that, despite the recession, traffic is up in the region, as more people in the metropolitan region plan “staycations” close to home. “The region is really starting to gain recognition and people see a lot of potential in small, premium wine production,” he said.
With some exciting new openings in September, such as the new Sparkling Pointe, 10,000-square-foot tasting room and winery devoted exclusively to sparkling wines opening in Southold to a one-woman operation based on a passion for sustainability and self-reliance – it seems there will be a lot to explore in Long Island Wine Country in the coming months.
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