• From the Rochester (NY) Democrat & Chronicle
... The Finger Lakes region's wine industry as we know it has its genesis in the state's 1976 Farm Winery Act, which allowed small farms to sell directly to consumers at farm-site tasting rooms and minimized otherwise prohibitive licensing fees. Since then, the number of wineries in the region has grown from about two dozen to more than 100.
Many of the first generation of winery owners — those launched in the 1970s and 1980s — and others who joined the industry later in life are reaching retirement age.
The question naturally arises, what happens next?
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