Tonawanda News — A measure expanding and renaming the Niagara Wine Trail system has been signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The new configuration, which takes effect immediately, extends the trail across Orleans County and into western Monroe County. Several existing wineries east of Niagara County are now along the trail.
The Senate version of the bill was authored by state Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane. Wine Trail expansion followed significant growth in the wine industry in the region and thus is “a homegrown success story,” he said.
Per the new law, all of Route 104 between the Ferry Avenue/Route 62 intersection in Niagara Falls and Route 390 in Monroe County is known as “Niagara Wine Trail Ridge.”
The complement to the ‘Ridge’ route is the “Niagara Wine Trail Lake,” which follows Route 269 north from Route 104 at the Niagara-Orleans County Line to Route 18, then west to Route 425, then south to Route 62 and along that route until its intersection with I-290 in Amherst.
Seventeen wineries are on the trail now and more are under development. The money to pay for additional signage on an expanded trail system has already been earmarked through a 2011 Regional Economic Development Council Award.
The expansion imposes no new costs to state taxpayers, Maziarz’s office said Friday.