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Finger Lakes Wine Country by Sarah S. Thompson
For more than 150 years, Finger Lakes Wine Country has played a major role in American wine history. At its heart are the four deepest Finger Lakes, part of a group of 11 long, narrow lakes in central New York. There, nestled among Canandaigua, Keuka, Seneca and Cayuga Lakes, farmers began planting vineyards in the 1830’s. In 1860, the Pleasant Valley Wine Company became America’s first bonded winery, turning Keuka Lake into a busy shipping hub for fresh grapes and award-winning champagnes. Other wineries soon followed, as did railroads and basket factories. Early 20th century business was good until Prohibition forced wineries to reinvent themselves. In the 1950’s and 1960’s, innovators like Charles Fournier, Dr. Konstantin Frank, and Walter S. Taylor, experimented with hybrid and European vinifera grape varieties. But by the 1970’s, local grape growers faced extinction; it would take a grassroots movement and landmark legislation in 1976 to bring about a Finger Lakes wine renaissance.
Sarah S. Thompson is a freelance writer living on Seneca Lake, where she and her husband plan to open a small winery. Sarah writes about food, wine, science, and news for Cornell University and regional publications. The photographs in this book were selected from collections kept by local wineries, farmers, libraries, historical societies and museums.
The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.