As we wind through the lazy days of summer and get set to turn the calendar to autumn there is no better place to be than upstate New York and the Hudson Valley. There are many terrific places to visit and wonderful events to enjoy, especially on this special anniversary of Henry Hudson's voyage, and so many of them circulate around our fine wineries.
These local gems are operated by fine craftsmen, in many cases second and third generation and beyond. They give so much to the region, drawing tourists to the area, bolstering our economy and of course, producing awardwinning wines. If you live and work here, you are certainly aware of the fine products available to tempt your palate. If you are visiting the area I'm sure you are learning quite quickly that the Hudson Valley is all that you could expect and more. For those of you planning a trip to the region, I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
Among the things I look forward to the most this time of year are the many festivals, street fairs and farmers markets which dot our stunning landscape. Each and every village, big or small, has something unique to offer. Wonderful home grown products that will make your mouth water, hand-crafted goods made by the most creative artisans and let's not forget the fruits of our wineries' labor - some of the most wonderful vintages you have ever sampled.
Along with enjoying these wonderful products, a trip to the Hudson Valley can also serve as an educational journey. Grape-growing and winemaking play a very distinct role in the region's history, something you will learn more about as you peruse the pages within. Our winemakers are also fine stewards of the land and are paving the way for the region's future.
Agriculture and tourism are two of the top industries in New York, and there is no place where this is more evident than in the Hudson Valley. The powerful combination is on full display around every corner and exploring the region has never been easier. Without a doubt you'll have it easier than Henry Hudson did 400 years ago.
So please, soak in the breathtaking atmosphere, raise a glass and savor all that this welcoming region has to offer.