Governorís Cup: Cuomo Visits Local Wineries
WATKINS GLEN (WENY)--- Governor Cuomo hit the Finger Lakes wine trail today as part of the Governor's Wine Cup Competition. But, the day was about more than uncorking a bottle of your favorite Riesling... it was about promoting tourism and the upstate economy.
Cuomo started his tour at Anthony Road Wine Company in Penn Yan, then moved to Glenora Wine Cellars. His last winery was Lakewood Vineyards in Watkins Glen. Each year, the Governor's Cup is awarded to the top wine at the New York Wine & Food Classic. It's a statewide competition with about 900 entries.
Finger Lakes wineries are hoping the event will boost their sales downstate. Cuomo says local wines are getting some national and regional attention. Now, Upstate as a whole needs to follow suit.
"And what today said to me, and I believe what today said to every person in this room is all we need now is exposure. We just have to show people what we have, what the Finger Lakes have, what we have in the State of New York, we just have to get them to taste New York State wine," said Cuomo.
Judy and Len Wiltberger, Owners of Keuka Spring Vineyards and Governor's Cup Winner, said, "it feels great. It's an incredible feeling. I mean this is the most special award that exits for the entire wine industry of New York State."
Keuka Spring Vineyards has been making award winning wine since 1985.