New York State hosted its first-ever wine, beer and spirits summit last Wednesday, at which the Cuomo Administration brought together the state’s alcohol producers to discuss ways to assist and grow the industry.

The Governor said that there has been “phenomenal growth” since he assumed office — according to the New York State Liquor Authority, the number of farm wineries has increased by 17 percent, the number of microbreweries by 74 percent, and the number of farm distilleries by 211 percent.

Suggestion made at the event include: open up more ways for upstate producers to get into the New York City marketplace, lowering taxes, selling more New York-made beer and wine at the annual State Fair, provide marketing help for agricultural/alcohol tourism.

Gov. Cuomo announced a new marketing campaign to promote wine, beer and spirits produced in the Empire State, and also announced several regulatory reforms that are intended to help the alcohol industry.  These include designating a single point of contact at Empire State Development to answer questions and concerns involving other state regulators.

He also said that he plans to host a New York City tasting party to promote the industry.