September 30, 2009
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Northern NY Wine Maker: Winner of Six Medals for Cold Hardy
Northern New York – Regional grape grower and aspiring wine maker
Richard Lamoy is excited about the 2009 fall harvest of the cold-hardy
grape varieties that he grows at his Hid-In Pines Vineyard of
Morrisonville, NY (southwest of Plattsburgh in Clinton County).
spring Lamoy won medals for six of eight entries he submitted to a
competition sponsored by WineMaker Magazine. Five of the six
award-winning wines were made with North Country-grown, cold-hardy grape
varieties planted as part of a Northern New York Agricultural
Development Program-funded research trial at the Cornell University
Agricultural Research Station at the E.V. Baker Farm in Willsboro, NY.
The Cornell Cooperative Extension Northeastern NY Commercial Fruit
Program, eight local grape and wine producers, the Lake Champlain Grape
Growers Association, the Cornell Grape Program, the Cornell Wine
Analytical Lab and the New York Farm Viability Institute are key
partners in the 300-vine Willsboro Wine Grape Trail project established
in 2005 to evaluate 25 different cold hardy wine grape cultivars.
“The colder regions of the state are quite capable of growing wine
grapes, as demonstrated by the success of the trial vineyard in
Willsboro and other plantings here,”
says Lamoy. “Since there has been little work done in studying the best
grapes and how to grow the best grapes for wine, research work needs to
be done in those areas. The trial vineyard is one step in that
The results of Northern New York cold-hardy wine grape variety trials’
research can be found on the Northern New York Agricultural Development
Program website at www.nnyagdev.org.
The WineMaker contest is reputed to be the largest amateur winemakers
contest in the world and had 4,474 entries in its 2009 event judged in
Lamoy earned two gold medals – one for a wine made with locally-grown
French Hybrid White grapes (LaCrescent), one for his only non-local
He earned three silver medals for varietal wines (St. Pepin, Adalmiina,
Petite Amie) made with the locally-grown French Hybrid White grapes, and
one bronze medal for a wine made with locally-grown French Hybrid Red
grapes (Leon Millot).
Lamoy plans to apply for his winery license to make wine with next
year’s grapes. In the meantime, he is gaining experience working in the
vineyard at the Cornell E.V. Baker Research Farm at Willsboro, and
conducting Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and
Education-funded trials in his own 3-acre vineyard.
“The preliminary research here is showing the potential for different
varieties to respond to different training system and canopy management
combinations. Cold hardy grapes can be a valuable crop for Northern New
York and I am pleased to contribute to research that adds to our ability
to grow them,” Lamoy says.
Lamoy says he expects to enter wine made from his 2009 harvest in the
2010 WineMaker contest.
The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program is a
farmer-driven initiative to ensure the long term economic vitality of
Northern NY’s agricultural production sector and agriculture’s important
contributions to the protection and enhancement of the region’s
environment and rich natural resource base and to communities in New
York State’s six northernmost counties.
The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program awards grants for
practical on-farm research, outreach and technical assistance and is
supported by funds from the New York State Legislature through the long
term support of the North Country’s State Senators, and with the support
of NYS Assemblypersons from the region and other areas of the state.
The program receives support (funds, time, land, expertise, etc.) from
Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the
Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station, NYS Agricultural
Experiment Station in Geneva, six Northern New York Cornell Cooperative
Extension Associations, W. H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute,
U.S. Department of Agriculture, New York State Department of Agriculture
and Markets, cooperating farms, agribusinesses across the region, and
To learn more about the Northern New York Agricultural Development
Program, go online to www.nnyagdev.org, contact Program Co-chairs Jon
Greenwood: 315-386-3231 or Joe Giroux: 518-563-7523, or call your local
Cornell Cooperative Extension office. # #
Richard Lamoy, Hid-In Pines Vineyard, 518-643-0006
Cold Hardy Grapes Project Leader: Kevin Iungerman, Extension Educator,
Tree Fruit and Grapes, CCE Northeast NY Commercial Fruit Program,
Albany, Clinton, Essex, Saratoga, and Washington Counties. 518-885-8995,
Cornell Cooperative Extension in Northern NY:
• Clinton County: Amy Ivy, Anne Lenox Barlow, 518-561-7450
• Essex County: Anita Deming, 518-962-4810
• Franklin County: Carl Tillinghast, Stephen Canner, 518-483-7403
• Jefferson County: Sue Gwise, Michael Hunter, 315-788-8450
• Lewis County: Joe Lawrence, 315-376-5270
• St. Lawrence County: Stephen VanderMark, Stephen Canner, 315-379-9192
Northern NY Agricultural Development Program: