It’s fair to say that the Finger Lakes Region benefits from a stable, advancing wine industry.
That’s exactly what the New York Wine Industry Association is aiming to accomplish.
The not for profit advocates for stability and advancement of the wine industry in New York through advocacy and public education. It’s the only association of wine and grape professionals across the state, which focuses on informing, promoting, representing and defending the diverse interests of New York’s wine industry.
Alliance President Erica Paolicelli, of Three Brothers Wineries & Estates in Geneva says a lot of focus has been on local issues, which have broad, statewide consequences. “We focus on issues and concerns that arise for wineries and grape growers across all of New York,” she explained. “A big part of that happens to affect many of us right here in the Finger Lakes. A good example—locally—of the work we’ve done recently is opposing the expansion of trash disposal in Finger Lakes Wine Country.”
A large part of what the Alliance does focuses on that education piece, which is crucial for getting those who may not understand the industry or challenges as well to be part of growth and solutions. “We’re regularly invited to roundtables with legislators to discuss issues that may impact our industry,” Paolicelli added.