Finger Lakes Wineries (Paperback)

A Pictorial History

By Emerson Klees, Mr

Cameo Press, 9781891046223, 160pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2014

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This book is a collection of photographs of grape growing and winemaking in New York's Finger Lakes Region. The number of wineries in the region has grown from 19 in 1975 to over 130 in 2017. Wineries are the largest tourist attraction in the Finger Lakes Region. This book provides a history of the early wineries in the region in Hammondsport at the southern end of Keuka Lake and in Naples at the southern end of Seneca Lake. The many wineries  that were the the result of the 1976 Farm Winery Act as well as wineries founded by entrepreneurs and vintners from outside the region are discussed. A glossary of wine and grape terms is included.

About the Author

Emerson Klees is the editor / publisher of Cameo Press. He is also the author of thirty books, half about New York State and the Finger Lakes Region and half collective biographies of role models of human values, such as perseverance, motivation, determination, resilience, and creativity.  He has a B.S. in electrical engineering, Penn State University, major: electronics, a M.B.A. from New York University, major: management, minor: statistics, and a M.A. in English literature (creative writing track) from the State University of New York at Brockport. For six years, he was an adjunct professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology College of Business teaching courses in entrepreneurship and business organization.

      He is a member of the New Society of the Genesee Historical Association, past member of the New York State Historical Society and the Rochester / Monroe County Freedom Trail Commission, as well as past member and vice president of the New York State Regional Publishers Association. His awards include two first places and two second places in the E.  H. Corron National Historical Essay Contest.