After being stalled in committee, the Niagara Wine Trail‘s trail expansion bill finally passed the Senate and Assembly yesterday and is now  awaiting a signature from the Governor.

The expansion of the wine trail will allow two all ready existing wineries to join the all ready seventeen member  trail, and help the development of future wineries and tourism businesses in the area. This is a huge accomplishment for trail, agri-tourism and the local economy!

The bill creates two new trails which will be named “Niagara Wine trail Ridge” and “Niagara Wine Trail Lake.” Both routes will continue to be branded as the Niagara Wine Trail (NWT).  NWT Ridge will extend along Rt 104 from Niagara Falls all the way to Rt 390 in Rochester. The NWT Lake follows Rt 18 from Somerset to Wilson, and onto Rt 425, through Rt 62, and down to the I-290 in Amherst.

The bill was successfully lobbied by wine trail members Wendy Oakes-Wilson, from Leonard Oakes Estate Winery, and Margo Sue Bittner, from The Winery at Marjim Manor. Julie Suarez from the New York Farm Bureau and Jim Trezise from the New York Wine and Grape Foundation both worked very hard to make this happen for the NWT as well! Many thanks to all of them and many other for their efforts and persistence.

Below are links to some local articles on the passage of the bill:

– Elizabeth Maute
Wine Trail Coordinator