Tier 1 Grower Membership

Tier 1 Grower Membership

A Suite of Basic Business Support Services.

As far as we know, there is no complete handbook on how to be a successful grape grower in New York state. Consumer and buyer habits keep changing, not to mention the weather. No doubt about it, the grower community is the epitome of what we mean by “Boldly, NY.” Knowing all that is on your plate, we designed the Tier 1 Grower Membership benefits package to take away some of the stress of running your business. 

With Tier 1 Membership, we assembled basic services designed to assist you with core business functions. 

Tier 1 Membership provides you with regular updates on industry news, policy, and compliance issues, conference discounts, and access to the following services: a free financial “help desk” for your tax or compliance questions, market research on tourism, and a minimum of six educational webinars per year.  

  • Dues are $50 annually, regardless of vineyard acreage.  
  • The membership year runs from April 1st through March 31st. 

Free subscription to the Grapevine newsletter featuring industry news and events, research, and business insights .

Building the knowledge and capacity of our winery and grower members is important to us. Working with our partners at Cornell, the American Wine Society, Eastern Winery Exposition, the U.S. Sustainable Winegrowing Summit, FLXcursion and others we aim to bring our members conference discounts on cutting edge education, keynote speakers and VIP experiences. Discounts typically range from 10% to 20% depending on the event. 

The Vine Hotline: In order to help members tackle the complex issues of alcohol regulations and excise taxes, tax credits, tax preparation, grant applications, business planning, and more, New York Wine & Grape Foundation has partnered with our Business Associate Member Mengel, Metzger, Barr & Co., LLP to provide you with a Members Only Help Desk. NYWGF Members can now submit their confidential questions online here. These will be answered each week by Anthony Sandonato and his team at Mengel, Metzger, Barr & Co., LLP. The answers will be sent directly to you within 48 hours.

One of the most valuable and timely benefits of membership is access to webinars and educational events. These virtual events give you access to experts on wine marketing, financial compliance, legal and tax issues, best-in-class business practices, design and trademarking, and much, much more.

Basic Webinars are introductory in style and will provide a high-level overview of a topic.

  • Sessions are usually 45-60 minutes long, including time for Q&A.
  • Provide a key ‘takeaway’ tool or template.
  • Provide presenter contact information should a participant want to ask a follow up question or engage in services.
  • Presenters may choose to provide a NYWGF “members only” rate for additional services.


Sessions will be recorded and are available to qualifying tier members. Current members, contact Jennifer Cooper for access to available recordings.

New York Wine tourism generates sales, creates hospitality jobs, and draws visitor attention to the State’s cultural and historical assets. In an effort to act as the leader in branding New York wines and the winery experience, the Foundation and its wine trail partners created the New York Wine Tourism Marketing Toolkit. The New York Wine Tourism Marketing Toolkit provides practical marketing advice on how to increase visitation to tasting rooms and elevate visitors’ experience, thus making New York State a world premier wine tourism destination. The toolkit includes profiles of three potential visitor targets who exhibit a higher inclination to visit a New York winery.  These profiles are coupled with recommended marketing strategies to motivate them to visit.  The toolkit offers specific operational tactics that wineries and wine trails can deploy to generate greater brand loyalty from the visitor targets.

Winery and grower members of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation receive free access to the full set of recorded content from the 2021 B.E.V. NY Virtual Conference.

Email Jennifer Cooper for the password, then click here to access the recordings.