Governor Andrew Cuomo gave his blessing to Long Island’s wineries on Saturday, August 23, during the fifth annual “Dan’s Harvest East End” celebration by announcing that the state is investing $300,000 in marketing campaign funds to promote wine country tourism. During his stop at the fifth annual event, held at McCall Vineyard & Ranch in Cutchogue, the governor also told the 1,300 attendees that New York’s wine industry generates “over half a billion dollars per year” and that the number of vineyards in the state has grown by 50 percent in the past three years.
Governor Cuomo also presented Alexandra Macari of Macari Vineyards with the New York Wine and Food Classic award for Winery of the Year during his visit, his second in a row to the event. Florence Fabricant and Tom Schaudel were also honored at “Harvest” fundraiser, which was hosted by Joshua Wesson. Proceeds benefitted the Long Island Farm Bureau Promotion & Education Foundation and the Peconic Land Trust.