Resolution J4989-2013

Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Lakewood Vineyards on May 22, 2014



  • May 13, 2014: ADOPTED
  • May 9, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Lake-
wood Vineyards on May 22, 2014

WHEREAS, It is the sense of  this  Legislative  Body  to  recognize  the
achievements  of  those  individuals  and industries which substantially
contribute to the economic vitality of their communities and the  entire
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-
orating  the 25th Anniversary of the Lakewood Vineyards on Thursday, May
22, 2014; and
  WHEREAS, Frank Stamp and his family moved to Lakewood Farm, a run-down
peach and apple orchard on the west side of Seneca Lake in 1951, and the
following spring, began planting grapes;  the  original  grapes  planted
were primarily Labrusca and French-American Hybrid varieties, which were
favored by the large wineries and grape juice companies; and
  WHEREAS,  In  the  mid-1980s, the Stamp family diversified to add some
new hybrid  varieties  and  Vinifera  plantings;  the  commercial  grape
production continued for 36 years, until 1988, when Monty Stamp, Frank's
son,  along with his wife Beverly and their children, pressed the grapes
for their first vintage; and
  WHEREAS, Lakewood Vineyards has been maintained and  expanded  as  the
demands  for  varieties  shift, and the high quality fruit from Lakewood
has produced numerous award-winning wines; and
  WHEREAS, Today, with 80 acres of grapes planted, the farm is  home  to
Lakewood  Vineyards  winery;  the  winery  produces wines from all three
families of grapes, offering a diverse selection of wines such as, Ries-
ling, Gewurtztraminer, Cabernet Franc, and Pinot Noir; and
  WHEREAS, Under the luminous direction of Vineyard Manager Dave  Stamp,
the  third son of Monty and Beverly, the Vineyards at Lakewood have been
carefully managed, with a  focus  on  sustainable  practices,  including
composting, mulching and cover crops; and
  WHEREAS,  Furthermore,  recognized  as  a leader in the industry, Dave
Stamp is often cited in national and local  publications  including  the
CLE; and
  WHEREAS, Lakewood Winery and the Stamp family have been the recipients
of  numerous  awards  and  accolades  some of which include Conservation
Farmer of the Year, Lifetime Contribution  Award,  Lifetime  Achievement
Award, Winery Award, Growers Award, and the Wine Family of the Year; and
  WHEREAS,  Using  a  combination  of cutting edge technology and tradi-
tional winemaking practices, the Stamp family, working with a very dedi-
cated staff, is truly committed to producing consistently  high  quality
wines; and
  WHEREAS, It is with great pleasure that this Legislative Body acknowl-
edges  this  exceptional industry and its contributions to the local and
State economies, fully confident that it  will  continue  to  enjoy  the
sparkling successes it has experienced thus far; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Lakewood Vineyards on May 22,  2014;
and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Lakewood Vineyards.


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