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Coronavirus Resources for Wineries

Valerie Ross

Category: Industry

Below we have provided a variety of resources to help with your response to COVID-19. Please submit your questions to Sam Filler, Executive Director of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation HERE.

We invite you to our join our New York Wine Industry: COVID-19 Resources Facebook group dedicated to sharing resources relevant to the community. We will continue to monitor the ever-changing situation regarding increased safeguards at the local, state, and federal levels to help stem the spread of COVID-19. We hope that this online forum will serve as a place for our community to share information as it becomes available. 

You can also reach out to your county health department. Click here for contact information for your county health department.

It is important to advise sick employees or those who may have encountered someone who is contagious to stay home. Food safety and biosecurity are always priorities on farms and this virus doesn’t change that. Farms must continue to do due diligence in the face of so many unknowns. New York State’s website has the latest information on the virus as well as a host of tips and best practices that you can use to prevent the spread of the illness. Click here to access the page.

New York Wine & Grape Foundation Updates

Phase 2 Reopening Guidelines: Outdoor Wine Tastings Allowed

Special Update on Covid19- April 24, 2020

Special Update on Covid19- April 20, 2020

Special Update on Covid19 - April 17, 2020

Special Update on Covid19- April 13th, 2020

Special Update on Covid19- April 6th, 2020

Special Update on Covid19 - April 1, 2020

Special Update on Covid19 - March 30, 2020

Special Update on Covid19 and CARES Act - March 27, 2020

Special Update on Covid19 - March 25, 2020

Special Update on Covid19 - March 23, 2020

Special Update on Covid19 - March 20, 2020

Special Update on Covid19 - March 19, 2020

Special Update on Covid19 - March 18, 2020

Special Update on Covid 19 - March 17, 2020

Special Update: SLA FAQs - March 17, 2020

Government Resources

SLA Update: Guidance on Outdoor Expansion of Licensed Premises

TTB Announces Three Month Excise Tax Postponement

Information on Unemployment Insurance benefits and Pandemic Unemployment Insurance benefits passed in the federal CARES Act:

What you need to know and do about the CARES Act

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

UI and PUA Flowchart

USDA Implements Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses and Communities Affected by COVID-19

Business Council of New York State (Resources for Employees and Employers)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

SLA Update: Restrictions for Licensees in Response to COVID-19 Outbreak

World Health Organization: Covid-19 Updates and Guidance

World Health Organization: Q&A On Coronavirus

OSHA: Guidance on preparing the workplace for Covid-19

NYS Department of Health: Covid-19 State Updates

Industry Resources

COVID Prevention Flyers for Tasting Rooms

Return to Work Risk Management Toolkit from Gilroy, Kernan & Gilroy

Winery Tasting Rooms Re-Opening Guidance (Wine Institute)

Cornell Cooperative Extension New York Extension Disaster Education Network

Seneca Lake Wine Trail: Wineries Respond to Covid-19

National Restaurant Association: Coronavirus Informations and Resources

NYS Farm Bureau: Covid-19 Alert

NYS Farm Bureau: Covid-19 Updates

Brewers Association Covid-19 Resource Center

Business Continuation & Communication Information

Farms are Essential in New York, and So Are Farm Employees

Additional Reading

Wine Economist:  Wine & Coronavirus: Assessing the Risks

Wine Spectator:  How Will the New Coronavirus Impact the Restaurant and Wine Industries?

Legal Blog: Wine Reserve - A Wine Law Blog  Proactive Legal and Compliance Steps for Wineries in a COVID-19 Environment


Incentives to Reduce, or Eliminate, Your Electric Costs [Webinar Recording - April 15th]

New York Wine & Grape Foundation Operational Changes & Cancellations

In accordance with the New York State workplace reduction mandate, our office in Penn Yan is currently closed. The NYWGF team is continuing to work remotely and is available and ready to help you with any issues, questions, or concerns. You may leave a message at our main phone number: 315-924-3700, and someone will return your call as soon as possible. Alternately, you may email us at:

The NY Drinks NY Grand Tasting scheduled in New York City has been postponed to September 22, 2020. More information will be released with details when they are available. We appreciate your patience as we work through this unprecedented time.

We have suspended all inbound and outbound international travel related to the Export Program through June 30.