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Silver Thread Vineyard Receives New Farmer Grant Fund Award

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Silver Thread Vineyard Receives New York State’s New Farmer Grant Fund Award

Grant will assist with improvement and expansion of historic vineyard

Lodi, NY, May 26, 2015– On May 20, 2015, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that Silver Thread Vineyard has been awarded a grant from the New Farmer Grant Fund. The $20,123 award will be used to expand and improve Silver Thread’s 7-acre vineyard, which was planted in its current form in 1982 and produces grapes for the company’s premium wines. Owners Paul and Shannon Brock purchased the farm winery in 2011 and have made significant improvements to the vineyard since that time.  The vineyard site, which is nestled on a hillside next to Seneca Lake in Caywood, dates back to the 1800s.

The New Farmer Grant Fund is a new program through Empire State Development in consultation with the Department of Agriculture and Markets.  For the 2014-2015 budget year, $610,000 was allocated to the program.  Nineteen farms were granted an award out of 130 applicants.   Projects were scored competitively based on specific criteria, including project readiness.  Silver Thread is the only award winner from the Finger Lakes region, and the only vineyard to win an award.

“We are very excited to have been chosen for an award through the New Farmer Grant Fund,” said Shannon Brock, co-owner and general manager of Silver Thread. “For the past four years, we have been reinvesting most of our profits to improve our historic vineyard, which we feel is one of the most special spots in the Finger Lakes for making great wine.  It’s gratifying to know that the governor supports new farmers like us and recognizes the significant capital investment required to be successful in agriculture.”

Silver Thread will use its grant money to improve the drainage system under the vineyard, replant a section of vineyard that is infected with an incurable leaf-roll virus, add a second catch wire to the vineyard trellis system, and add netting to one section of the vineyard for protection against bird and mammal pests.

Silver Thread Vineyard creates expressive, age-worthy wines in harmony with nature. The boutique winery and sustainably-managed vineyard are located on the east side of Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes region of New York.  Small production ensures the greatest care and highest quality in every bottle of wine.  Co-owner and Winemaker Paul Brock is also Assistant Professor Viticulture and Wine Technology at Finger Lakes Community College in Geneva.  Co-owner and General Manager Shannon Brock is also an instructor for Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) courses at New York Wine & Culinary Center in Canandaigua.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Shannon Brock, owner at 315-871-8215 or email at info@silverthreadwine.com.

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