Membership Benefits

New York Wine & GrapeMembership Benefits

Grape Research Programs

  • The Finger Lakes Grape Program is Your Trusted Source for Research-Based Knowledge. The Finger Lakes Grape Program works with experts from Cornell, Penn State, and the private and non-profit sectors to bring this kind of information to growers. Providing resources for: Business Management (Legal, Marketing, Risk Management), IPM (Disease Management), Vine Nutrition & Soils, Cultural Practices (Pruning, Training & Trellises)
  • Suffolk County Cornell Cooperative Extension Grape Program The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County Grape Program conducts applied research and coordinates educational opportunities for the Long Island wine industry. Through meetings, newsletters, consultations and electronic media, we communicate research results, facilitate the flow of information from Cornell University and keep growers abreast of current and upcoming technology. We help winegrowers sustain their business from both economic and environmental perspectives.
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension Lake Erie Regional Grape Program There are approximately 30,000 acres of vineyard in the Lake Erie region of New York and Pennsylvania grown on 840 farms, making this the largest grape growing region outside of California. Of this acreage, 98.5% consists of Labrusca (American Grape) varieties such as 'Concord' and 'Niagara' which are used for juice, jam and other fresh or fermented products. The Lake Erie Regional Grape Program consists of Extension Educators and research faculty/staff from Cornell University and Penn State University devoted to projects aimed at increasing yields, product quality, diversity and improvement of cultivars, efficiency of production, profitability and adoption of environmentally sound cultural and pest management strategies.

Promotion & Marketing

  • Export Program (MAP) For several years, the New York Wine & Grape Foundation has conducted an export program with funding support from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).  The program, which includes both “generic” (New York) and “branded” (individual winery) components, focusesd primarily on markets of interest to the participating wineries. In FY 2016-17 activities were carried out in (or for increasing awareness in) Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Each year, all New York wineries are invited to participate in the program. For information please contact Valerie Ross via email
  • New York State Wine Guide Publication A comprehensive guide to New York’s wine regions, this resource provides wine novices and experts alike with detailed information on grape varietals, tips on tasting and storing wine, grapes and health, award winning New York wines and much more. This guide is downloadable from the Foundation’s website
  • The New York Wine Course & Reference Guide New York was among the first states to grow grapes and produce wine – a centuries–old tradition which serves as a foundation for today’s strong growth. This guide provides a comprehensive history, statistics, information on winemaking, viticulture, soils, viticultural areas, curriculum and much more.
  • NY Drinks NY NY Drinks NY celebrates New York wines during a month-long promotion in March, organized by the New York Wine & Grape Foundation. Wineries from the Finger Lakes, Long Island, the Hudson River Region, and beyond can participate in a series of classes throughout the year in NYC and a Grand Tasting in March. The NY Drinks NY program seeks to have the New York grape and wine industry recognized as a world leader in quality, productivity, and social responsibility. New York ranks third in wine production nation-wide and the wine industry contributes $4.8 billion annually to the state's economy. To inquire about participating, please contact Jennifer Cooper at the NYWGF.
  • Regional Wine Trail Program This program is designed to assist wine trails with matching funds for various types of marketing initiatives designed to raise the profile of New York State wines. The New York Wine & Grape Foundation currently matches program expenses 60% (wine trail) to 40% (NYWGF.)  *Please stay tuned for 2018 program details coming soon. To inquire about participation, please contact Kim Hughes at the NYWGF.

Purchasing

  • Insurance and Employee Benefits The NYWGF is exploring options for grower and winery insurance coverages, including General Liability insurance, Workers Comp and more. We are also investigating options for affordable workers comp coverage, and other employee benefits such as health, dental, life, vision and much more.
  • Wine Bag and Wine Tote Discount Program: Three Options to Meet Your Needs
    • Shopping Bags: Make it easy and affordable for your customers to carry away purchases in beautiful bags that support the brand of New York wines! A case of 50 bags is $55 if picked up at the main office and $65 per case if shipped. Non-members pay an additional $10 per case.
    • Wine Tote Bags: Sturdy and appealing bags that are made just for toting New York wines.  These 4 bottle wine bags are branded with New York wines and wine trail logos. A case of 50 bags is $55 if picked up at the main office and $65 per case if shipped. Non-members pay an additional $10 per case
    • Plastic Bags: Our most affordable tote, a case of 1,000 bags is only $75 if picked up at the main office and $90 per case if shipped. Non-members pay an additional $10 per case. 

      Order Online Here or Contact Kim Hughes at 1-585-394-3620 to order via phone. 

Education

  • Information for Start-Up Wineries The Finger Lakes Grape Program is our members’ trusted source for research based knowledge. The Finger Lakes Grape Program works with experts from Cornell, Penn State, and the private and non-profit sectors to bring this kind of information to growers on topics such as: Business Management, IPM (Disease Management), Vine Nutrition & Soils and Cultural Practices (Pruning, Training & Trellises).
  • Webinars & Workshops The Foundation will be providing a series of online and in-person training for members only. The topics will represent interests that are important to our winery and grower members, directed by their input and will focus on best practices in business development, legal compliance, marketing and more.
  • New York State Wine Guide Publication A comprehensive guide to New York’s wine regions, this resource provides wine novices and experts alike with detailed information on grape varietals, tips on tasting and storing wine, grapes and health, award winning New York wines and much more. This guide is downloadable from the Foundation’s website
  • The New York Wine Course & Reference Guide New York was among the first states to grow grapes and produce wine – a centuries–old tradition which serves as a foundation for today’s strong growth. This guide provides a comprehensive history, statistics, information on winemaking, viticulture, soils, viticultural areas, curriculum and much more.
  • TIPS Training Course Traditionally provided in the spring in locations across the state, the New York Wine & Grape Foundation offers members access to a discounted registration fee on this important training. Training for Intervention Procedures (TIPs) is designed to help prevent intoxication, drunk driving and underage drinking by enhancing the fundamental "people skills" of servers, sellers and consumers of alcohol. TIPS gives individuals the knowledge and confidence they need to recognize potential alcohol-related problems and intervene to prevent alcohol-related tragedies. This is an essential resource for any winery tasting room manager and staff member.
  • Wine Market Council Information The Wine Market Council has provided wine market knowledge, trends, insights, and intelligence essential to all tiers of the wine industry for over two decades. They conduct a segmentation study among U.S. wine consumers annually, and also quantitative and qualitative trade and consumer surveys on topics of special interest to our members each year. New York Wine & Grape Foundation members will receive access to summaries of these reports as they become available.

Wine Competitions

  • New York Wine Classic The New York Wine Classic has become known as “The Oscars” of the New York wine industry. The 21 judges include wine writers, wine educators, retailers, restaurateurs and other experts from around the State and country. All samples are judged “blind” on their own merits, with the “Governor’s Cup” and other awards made public as soon as possible after the competition ends. The results of this competition get enormous publicity, which leads to enormous sales—but you have to enter to win!
  • Wine Competitions Entrance Fee Subsidies In an effort to gain more recognition for the high-quality wines produced in New York State, the Foundation assists wineries with the entry fees in national and international competitions. The matching ratio is currently 50:50 Winery to Foundation for Members and 75:25 for nonmembers from May 1st, 2018 through March 31st, 2019. Also as we are able, the Foundation assist wineries in entering competitions held abroad. The participation is much the same as for those held in the US, except that we are able to sometimes coordinate shipment of the wine, dependent upon the number of wineries entering. Wineries pay 75% of their entry fee and 100% of their share of the freight costs. Learn more.

Wine Lab Program

As a part of our mission to support research, the New York Wine and Grape Foundation (NYWGF) is pleased to subsidize the testing services (by 50% for our members and 25% for non-members) provided by The NYS Wine Analytical Laboratory to all New York bonded wineries, home winemakers, and craft distilleries. The NYS Wine Analytical Laboratory provides affordable:

  • Juice Analysis
  • Wine & Cider Analysis
  • Distillate & Kombucha Analysis

    They offer over 25 different chemical, microbiological, and sensory analyses at our facility in the Department of Food Science at Cornell’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, N.Y., for quality assurance, trouble shooting and federal regulatory compliance. Learn more.