Membership in the New York Wine & Grape Foundation is available to wineries and grape growers based in New York State, as well as wine enthusiasts and businesses that support our industry.
The New York Wine & Grape Foundation is committed to supporting our industry partners during this time of unprecedented hardship and uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic. In response, we have created a toolkit for the New York wine industry that points to resources from national and state organizations, offers ways to stay connected, and shares ideas for helping your community, your employees, and your business.
Known as “The Oscars®” of New York wine competitions, the Classic is organized by the New York Wine & Grape Foundation. In 2019, the competition included 883 New York Wines from across the state. A total of 31 Double Gold, 56 Gold, 278 Silver, and 320 Bronze medals were awarded by a panel of more than 20 judges consisting of influential wine writers, wine educators, retailers, restaurateurs and experts from around the state and globe.
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.
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.