New York’s wine industry is celebrating a good year with an early harvest, excellent quality grapes and numerous medals.

According to the New York Wine and Grape Foundation, 17 new licenses were issued in 2012, bringing the number of wineries to 328.

In international wine competitions, wines from NY received 88 best designations, 565 gold medals and 80 double gold medals, which require a 100 percent vote of the judges.

Forty-eight new York wines rated 90 or above by the three major wine consumer magazines. The regional wine making areas in the finger lakes ,Hudson valley and long island have expanded statewide with producers in 55 of new York’s 62 counties