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NYWGF Membership

The New York Wine & Grape Foundation accomplishes our mission by providing a wide range of services to support the wine and grape industries including marketing programs, informational webinars, cost-saving subsidies, and much more.

Membership in the New York Wine & Grape Foundation is available to wineries and grape growers based in New York State. Partnership opportunities are also available to businesses that support our industry.

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Jennifer Cooper

Membership & Events Manager

Winery Membership

Grow your winery through professional marketing tools, educational webinars, and industry research.

Dues start at $300 annually.

Grower Membership

Gain access to industry research, educational events, cost saving subsidies, and much more!

Dues start at $50 annually.

Research Program

Since its creation in 1985, NYWGF has sponsored an ambitious and comprehensive program in close coordination with the industry and academia. NYWGF’s annual research budget supports dozens of individual projects, mostly conducted by Cornell University’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva. Public and private sector funds come together to support the three main areas of research: viticulture (grape growing), enology (winemaking), and wine and health.

Export Program

For several years, the New York Wine & Grape Foundation has conducted an exciting Export Program with funding support from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). The New York wines staff team, with the guidance of our Promotions Committee, Market Consultants, and Export Advisory Committee (made up of industry members) execute this program each year. The program year runs from July 1 – June 30.

Vineyard Survey

The NYWGF is pleased to announce the first comprehensive Statewide Vineyard Survey conducted since 2011. The data provided will facilitate strategic decision-making for both NYWGF and the private sector, as well provide benchmark figures required to compare NYS with key domestic and international wine-growing regions. By participating in our Survey, you’re also contributing to the grape crop data that growers need to make smarter decisions and compare NYS with other wine-growing regions.

New York Sustainable Winegrowing

New York Sustainable Winegrowing is a sustainability certification for Vineyards who are seeking to advance their environmental, social, and economic sustainability. Certification is based on science backed regionally defined standards and independent third-party audits so you can feel confident in the wine you are drinking.

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The New York Wine Classic

Known as “The Oscars®” of New York wine competitions, the New York Wine Classic was created and is annually hosted by The New York Wine & Grape Foundation. Open to all New York State wineries, categories include vinifera wines like Riesling and Cabernet Franc, and hybrid wines like Traminette and Maréchal Foch. The contest also includes categories for wines made from labrusca grapes, other fruits, and honey.

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The Unity Awards

The Unity Awards were created in 1990 as a way to recognize, encourage, and celebrate cooperation among grape growers, wineries (and their staff), researchers, retailers and others to advance the entire industry. The winery and grower community in New York state has a rich history of working and succeeding together despite facing a variety of challenges through the years.

B.E.V. NY Conference

This annual grape and wine conference is a collaborative effort between Cornell's Finger Lakes Grape Program and the Enology Extension Laboratory, with support from the New York Wine & Grape Foundation. B.E.V. NY serves as a vital gathering for professionals and enthusiasts in the grape and wine industry. The event offers a diverse range of programming with a strong focus on three key areas: business, enology, and viticulture.

Explore our Business Directory

Browse our partner directory to connect with businesses that show a commitment to the wine and grape community

As a proud first sponsoring partner of the New York Wine and Grape Foundation, American National values our relationship with this organization and enjoys serving its members with insurance coverages for all stages – from the grape, to the glass.

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