Membership Benefits

New York Wine & GrapeMembership Benefits

Research Programs

  • Members that are a part of the Export Program have additional access to wine export sales data, international target market reports and more. Members can access GAIN Reports produced by the USDA, and n average of 2,000 reports are added each year, with reports going back to 1995. The Foundation also provides members only access to Euromonitor Passport reports providing more detailed and comprehensive sales and market data. Data is available on Expor Program markets, as well as other markets in which a winery is exploring sales activity. 
  • 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

  • New York Wine Tourism Marketing Toolkit New York Wine tourism generates sales, creates hospitality jobs, and draws visitor attention to the State’s cultural and historical assets. In an effort to act as the leader in branding New York wines and the winery experience, theFoundation and its wine trail partners created the New York Wine Tourism Marketing Toolkit. The New York Wine Tourism Marketing Toolkit provides practical marketing advice on how to increase visitation to tasting rooms and elevate visitors’ experience, thus making New York State a world premier wine tourism destination. The toolkit includes profiles of three potential visitor targets who exhibit a higher inclination to visit a New York winery.  These profiles are coupled with recommended marketing strategies to motivate them to visit.  The toolkit offers specific operational tactics that wineries and wine trails can deploy to generate greater brand loyalty from the visitor targets. Free to Winery Memebers Only;  Business Associate Members: $149; Non-Member Wineries: $299; Non-Member Businesses: $499; Out-of-State Purchases: $999. 
  • Marketing & Event Services Want to execute a wine dinner or lunch in NYC  for your brand or even with some of your neighboring wineries? Our Brand Ambassador, Paul Brady, will do the legwork and represent and present your wines (focused on a region, production style, varietal, etc.) at a dinner with up to 20 trade or consumers. Service fees will vary based on membership and program(s) participation. Email Paul Brady to set up a phone consultation.
  • 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. Activities have previously been 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 Winery Guide is an omnipresent resource at hotels, rest stops, restaurants, and distributed through along our state's wine trails. Winery members of the Foundation will have an enhanced listing with Tasting Room Hours and a "Member Of" Icon in their listing.
  • 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 promotes the quality and diversity of New York wines in the New York City restaurant and retail markets. NY Drinks NY promotional events kick off with Harvest Visits and NYC tastings in the fall, with additional promotion continued throughout the year. NY Drinks NY culminates in a Grand Tasting event in New York City in March welcoming trade and media attendees.  Trade and media are provided opportunities to learn more and taste a wide range of New York wines during an immersive experience and 'behind the scenes' look at winemaking in our Harvest Visits in the fall.  If interested in learning more, please contact our Event Manager, Jennifer Cooper.
  • 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.)   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.
  • As of May 1st, 2019, 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 $60 per case shipped. Non-members pay an additional $15 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 $60 per case shipped. Non-members pay an additional $15 per case.
    • Plastic Bags: Our most affordable tote, a case of 1,000 bags $80 per case shipped. Non-members pay an additional $20 per case. 

      Contact Kim Hughes at 1-315-924-3700 to order via phone or via email at: kimhughes@nywgf.org. 

Education

  • Conference Discounts Building the knowledge and capactiy of our winery, grower, and consumer members is important to us. Working with our partners at Cornell, the American Wine Society, Eastern Winery Exposition, the U.S. Sustainable Winegrowing Summit, FLXcursion and others we aim to bring our members conference discounts on cutting edge education, keynote speakers and VIP experiences. Discounts range from 10% to 20% depending on event.  
  • Financial & Tax Helpdesk Services The Vine Hotline: In order to help members tackle the complex issues of alcohol regulations and excise taxes, tax credits, tax preparation, grant applications, business planning, and more, New York Wine & Grape Foundation has partnered with our Business Associate Member Mengel, Metzger, Barr & Co., LLP to provide you with a Members Only Help Desk. NYWGF Members can now submit their confidential questions online here. These will be answered each week by Anthony Sandonato and his team at Mengel, Metzger, Barr & Co., LLP. The answers will be sent directly to you within 48 hours.
  • 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 & Members Only Educational Events One of the most valuable and timely benefits of membership is access to webinars and educational events. Our online and in-person workshops give you access to experts on wine marketing, financial compliance, legal and tax issues, best-in-class business practices, design and trademarking, and much, much more. Our own staff educator can also provide TIPS Training for your staff, either in a general setting or tailored to a date and time to meeting your needs. Online events are recorded and are availalbe to all winery and grower members after the close of the event. 
  • 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 Winery Guide is an omnipresent resource at hotels, rest stops, restaurants, and distributed through along our state's wine trails. Winery members of the Foundation will have an enhanced listing with Tasting Room Hours and a "Member Of" Icon in their listing.
  • 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 Known as “The Oscars®” of New York wine competitions, the competition takes great care to assemble a panel of more than 20 judges consisting of influential wine writers, wine educators, retailers, restaurateurs and experts from around the state and globe. The New York Wine Classic seeks judges have the experience and credentials to judge New York wines against the best of class wines they have tasted in that category from around the world. Winners are provided with a package of marketing materials, courtesy of the Foundation, press release and marketing language, as well as an awards presentation recognizing their achievement. 
  • 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 Foundation will recognize members scores and accolades on our website or social media, and/or include the information in our Press Deck newsletter.  The matching ratio is currently 50:50 Winery to Foundation for Members and 75:25 for nonmembers. Wineries pay 50% of their entry fee and 100% of their share of the freight costs. Learn more.

Wine Lab Program

As New York wineries gain wider attention and praise, their products are sought nationally and even internationally. Importing countries may require a range of analytical tests before they will allow a wine to be and sold. The laboratory providing these tests must hold certain qualifications. As of January 2017, the Wine Analytical Lab, part of the Viticulture and Enology Program in the College of Agriculture and Life Science, has been approved through the TTB’s certified wine chemist program. 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.  NYWGF Members receive a 50% subsidy; Non-Members receive a 25% subsidy.  Learn more.