- Jun 7, 2011: ADOPTED
- Jun 7, 2011: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
- Jun 2, 2011: REFERRED TO FINANCE
LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the John son Estate Winery WHEREAS, It is the intent of this Legislative Body to commemorate the long histories of certain family business endeavors, which are the cornerstone of economic success in this great Empire State; and WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to commem orate the 100th Anniversary of the Johnson Estate Winery; and WHEREAS, In 1911, Frederick W. Johnson purchased a farm in Westfield, New York, from the family of William Peacock, who settled there in the early 1800s; the main crops grown on the farm, then known as Sunnyslope Vineyards, were apples, cherries and peaches; some grapes were also grown on the property; and WHEREAS, Sunnyslope Vineyards featured an ammonia-powered cold apple storage facility which allowed the fruit to be stored at 42 degrees throughout the year, providing a competitive advantage that allowed the farm success through the years of the Great Depression; and WHEREAS, In 1960, Frederick S. Johnson purchased the farm from his father and removed its fruit trees and most of the Concord grapes on the property, replacing them with French-American hybrid grapes and native Ives and Delaware grape varieties; the Johnson Estate Winery officially began wine production in 1961; and WHEREAS, Estate wineries are specialized wine-making operations in which all parts of the winemaking process are undertaken on a winery's property; this allows wine-makers precise control over all facets of harvesting and processing, and protects the grapes from damage during transport; and WHEREAS, Operating continuously for 50 years, the Johnson Estate Winery is the oldest estate winery in New York State; and WHEREAS, In 1997, the third generation Fred Johnson assumed operation of the family farm and winery; the vineyard acreage has expanded to nearly 120 acres, with several varieties of grapes chosen specifically for the land and the climate of the Johnson Estate Winery; and WHEREAS, Dedicated to producing wines of superior quality, the Johnson Estate Winery's head winemaker has traveled to Germany to learn top techniques in the field, and will continue educational trips to further enhance the quality of the Winery's offerings; and WHEREAS, The Johnson Estate Winery has been renovated and expanded to include a finished good warehouse and a winery tasting room; the Johnson family was careful to preserve original portions of the building, including wood windows, simple moldings and century-old barn beams while adding modern touches, including stainless-steel jacketed tanks for wine storage; and WHEREAS, The Johnson Estate Winery has received numerous Gold and Double Gold awards for its wines in international competitions; and WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to publicly recog nize and honor milestones in the history of small businesses in this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Johnson Estate Winery, 100 years of business in agriculture and 50 years as a winery; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran smitted to the Johnson Estate Winery.