Hosmer Vows to Keep Local Despite Change in Regulations

hosmerCayuga Lake, NY – Hosmer wines will continue to be made from New York grapes, despite the recent loosening of regulations for state wineries. By law, all wine produced by a New York farm winery must be made entirely from grapes, fruits or agricultural products grown here in New York State. But a particularly merciless winter has prompted the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets to issue a waiver that will allow wineries to buy out-of-state grapes to supplement the harvest in the making of 2014 vintage wines.A survey by the Cornell Cooperative Extension estimated some vineyards in the most affected areas may have lost a significant percentage of their grapes, and that wineries in the Finger Lakes were among the hardest hit by the winter damage. The waiver, issued by state Commissioner Ball, is the first out-of-state grape waiver since 2005. Grape varieties covered under this declaration include: Riesling, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Merlot, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Sauvignon, Lemberger, Syrah, Gamay Noir, Brianna, Frontenac, La Crescent, and Noiret.


Even after one of the coldest and longest winters the Finger Lakes has seen in many years, Hosmer Winery does not have plans out outsource. “We’re going to maintain the integrity of the New York brand, and that’s important nationwide for us,” Cameron Hosmer, owner of Hosmer Winery, told Syr.com and News Channel 9. He also noted that 2013 was an exceptionally good year for New York wineries, yielding harvest enough to supplement any loss.


Hosmer Winery will uphold its tradition of excellence, ensuring quality from vine to bottle, while still keeping it local.



About Hosmer Winery:With a vineyard established in the early 1970s, Hosmer Winery opened it’s doors in 1986 on the west bank of Cayuga Lake on the principle that great wines start in the vineyard. We farm 70 acres of 14 different grape varieties on the family estate. Primarily vinifera, our vines are 25 to 30+ years old, growing on deep Cazenovian soils. The quality of wine that is captured in our bottles is a direct product of our pristine vineyards and thoughtful growing practices. As a full estate winery, we are able to insure the quality of every grape, from the roots to your glass.