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Good News for Delaware Wine Drinkers

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LEWES, Del. - There is some good news for Delaware wine drinkers. The first state has been invited to the Vintage Atlantic Wine region, a wine industry partnership spanning four states. 

Currently there are six wine trails located across New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and now Delaware. For local wineries, this invitation represents some long-awaited recognition, but it also is likely to signify a major economic boost to the local area. 

Mike Reese, the wine-maker at the Nassau Valley Vineyard said that the new partnership will lead to new visitors, by connecting the states' tourism together, by encouraging vacations through the region. 

"There's a lot of people who did not know about us," he said. "So I think it's really going to help to bring more people here. And it's a fun spot so I think a lot of people will come here to do the tour and taste the wine." 

The region includes the "Brandywine Valley" Wine Trail in Pennsylvania, the "Two Bridges," "Pinelands Reserve" and the "Cape May" Wine Trails in New Jersey, the "Chesapeake" Wine Trail in Maryland, and now the "Delaware Wine and Ale Trail" in the first state. For details on these trails you can visit http://www.vintageatlanticwine.com

Betsy Reamer from the Lewes Chamber of Commerce said the economic benefits are vast.

"It's so exciting that they've put together this tour," Reamer said. "Because we know that people who are interested in going to wineries aren't going to just go to one winery. They're going to make it an adventure. A vacation." 

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