New York Gov. George Pataki has authorized the direct shipment of wines into and out of New York, signaling a new era for state wineries hampered by alcoholic beverage laws dating back to the repeal of Prohibition in 1933.

“It is really the next important step for New York wineries to continue to grow,” Pataki said after a bill-signing ceremony at Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars in the heart of the burgeoning Finger Lakes wine country in west-central New York.