COVID-19 Resources

Below we have provided a variety of resources to help with your response to COVID-19. Please submit your questions to Sam Filler, Executive Director of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation HERE.

We invite you to our join our New York Wines: Industry Resources Facebook group dedicated to sharing resources relevant to the community. We will continue to monitor the ever-changing situation regarding increased safeguards at the local, state, and federal levels to help stem the spread of COVID-19. We hope that this online forum will serve as a place for our community to share information as it becomes available. 

You can also reach out to your county health department. Click here for contact information for your county health department.

It is important to advise sick employees or those who may have encountered someone who is contagious to stay home. Food safety and biosecurity are always priorities on farms and this virus doesn’t change that. Farms must continue to do due diligence in the face of so many unknowns. New York State’s website has the latest information on the virus as well as a host of tips and best practices that you can use to prevent the spread of the illness. Click here to access the page.

Latest News

Electronic Filing Now Available for Alcoholic Beverage Tax Return

New York State recently updated the Alcoholic Beverage Tax Return to allow for electronic filing beginning with returns due January 20, 2021. NYS has created the MT-456 which replaces the MT-50 but remains very similar in the required information needed and added fields that can be filled in electronically. Please note- you will first need to save the form to your computer before you begin filling in information, or else the data you input will not save.


Dec. 11 Deadline Approaching for USDA Program for Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by COVID-19

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds farmers and ranchers to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) by Dec. 11, 2020. This program provides direct relief to producers facing market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. “With over 300 eligible commodities, from livestock and row crops to specialty crops and aquaculture, most farmers and ranchers are potentially eligible for CFAP 2,”

New York Wine & Grape Foundation Operational Changes & Cancellations

Our Penn Yan office is open, with limited staff. The rest of the Foundation staff is continuing to work remotely and is available and ready to help you with any issues, questions, or concerns. 

The NY Drinks NY Grand Tasting in New York City has been cancelled. Please contact Jennifer Cooper with any questions about the event, or the NY Drinks NY program.

The New York Wine Classic, typically held in August, has been rescheduled. Click here for details. 

We have suspended all inbound and outbound international travel related to the Export Program until further notice.