New York’s winegrowers face several challenges to premium wine and grape production, increasing the cost and complexity of vineyard management. Sustainable vineyard practices are widely regarded as essential to reduce environmental impact and improve the quality of wine.
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.
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.
B.E.V. NY is the annual grape and wine conference presented by Cornell’s Finger Lakes Grape Program and the Enology Extension Laboratory. The conference consists of three days of programming, each one focused on a different aspect of the industry: Business. Enology. Viticulture. B.E.V. NY. The conference invites academic and industry experts to present information that addresses important issues for the industry, and to do so in a way that provides practical information to those who attend.
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.
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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