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

Guidance for Wineries Regarding Live Music

Recently, the State Liquor Authority issued clarifying guidance on “Live Music” permissions at establishments licensed for on-premise alcohol sales.  An email was sent to every licensee; however, it has come to our attention that not every winery received this message from the SLA.  A copy of the email message is reproduced below.  The COVID Reopening mandatory rules actually have not changed at all.  The State is proactively engaging in enforcement measures against licensees who are not observing proper social distancing protocols.  The SLA


Farm Service Agency in New York to Host Meetings on Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Contact Information:Lynnette SYRACUSE, NEW YORK, July 27, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) in New York is hosting two meetings about the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). The first meeting will be Wednesday, August 5th at 7pm, and the second will be Thursday, August 6th at 10 am. The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) is available to farmers and ranchers whose commodity prices have been directly impacted by

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 postponed. A discussion about this years changes can be found here

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