Wine trails as an organizational pathway toward landscape coherence: The case of the Finger Lakes region, New York, USA

Thomas Oles

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Abstract

This paper explores the role of so-called wine trails as real and potential planners and managers of viticultural landscapes in the Finger Lakes region, New York, USA. Using primary documentary evidence and key informant interviews, it assesses the current capacity and the future potential of these non-governmental, fee-based ‘clubs’ to mediate between global markets and the local agricultural landscape in the absence of policy frameworks designed for this purpose. Though it finds little evidence of such mediation today, the paper argues that the structure and institutional position of wine trails, well-funded organizations whose members’ livelihoods depend heavily on sustainable landscape management, make them likely to play an increasingly assertive role in doing so in the future, particularly in landscapes otherwise marked by lax planning regimes or scarce resources.
Original languageEnglish
JournalGeografisk Tidsskrift-Danish Journal of Geography
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Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2016

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