People can already buy New York wines at farmers markets, but the new laws mean you’ll be able to find them at roadside stands too. That is, as long as the wines being sold are produced within 20 miles of the stand.
Brad Rickard, an expert in horticulture economics at Cornell University, says the overall economic impact of the new legislation is likely to be minor. But it could still be good news for small-scale producers, he says.
“It’s not going to lead to a 50 percent increase in sales, but it may be important, it might be very important for some of the small wineries that happen to be located within 20 miles of a very popular farm stand. It would give them an opportunity to bring their wines in front of more people."