For the first time, a Hudson Valley winery won the prestigious New York State Wine and Grape Foundation’s Grower of the Year Award.
Michael Migliore, co-owner of Whitecliff Vineyard in Gardiner, represented the Hudson Valley when he received this year’s top honor in New York wines.
According to the foundation, of the 14,000 acres of grapes in New York State, only 235 are in the Valley, compared to more than 9,000 in the Finger Lakes region and more than 2,000 on Long Island.
This isn’t the first award received by the Hudson Valley winery. In 2010, its Riesling beat more than 1,300 entries from around the world to receive a Double Gold and Best White in Show at the San Francisco International Wine Competition. Whitecliff’s Traminette, developed at Cornell to withstand Northeast winters, has won multiple gold medals at the competition as well.
Their Gamay Noir also received a 90-point rating in the December issue of Wine Enthusiast magazine on a 100-point scale.
The magazine also chose New York State as Wine Region of the Year due to the amount of growth its wine industry is experiencing.
According to the New York State Wine and Grape Foundation, there are currently 1,631 family vineyards and 373 wineries statewide, all of which generate a total of $4.8 billion in economic benefits for the state.