Those visiting North and South Fork farm stands for fresh fruits and veggies will now be able to also buy local wine.
On Monday, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation that now makes it legal for farm stands to each sell wine from two local wineries that are located within 20 miles of the stand.
The legislation Cuomo said aims to help promote "New York’s wine industry across the state and beyond, boosting tourism, local economies and job growth."
He said, "Our state is home to hundreds of wineries that produce some of the best wine in the world, and we want both New Yorkers and visitors to come and enjoy them.”
According to the governor, New York is home to nearly 500 wineries, breweries, distilleries, and cideries and producers account for more than $22 billion in annual total economic impact in the state.
In addition to the new farm stand law, the governor also signed laws creating new wine trails upstate. Long Island already has an established wine trail on the North Fork that includes more than 50 wineries. The South fork also boasts several wineries, including Wolffer Estates and Channing Daughters.