Friday, November 23, 2007

NYC Vineyard?

At the Staten Island Botanical Garden, a 2-acre commercial wine grape vineyard dedicated to Tuscan varieties is being planned as well as a winery, which will be adjacent to the existing Tuscan Villa and called the Tuscan Gardens. The not-for-profit organization, Tuscan Gardens Vineyard Founders Group, envisions planting plant 2,000 grapes on the 2-acre plot with an expected yield of 2,000-3,000 bottles of wine. Since 38% of the residents of Staten Island are of Italian ancestry, more than any other U.S. county, then planting traditional Italian grapes there sounds perfect. I can't wait for their first vintage, due maybe sometime in 2012.

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