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New York Sustainable Winegrowing

The mission of the NYWGF Sustainability Program is to advance the environmental, social, and economic sustainability of New York’s wine and grape industry through regionally defined sustainability standards, third-party certification, grower education, and stakeholder engagement. The vision of the program is to elevate New York State as a world class wine and grape region that protects the environment, conserves natural resources, and improves the lives of our stakeholders.

Pilot Program Complete!

The NYWGF has successfully completed a pilot program for statewide sustainable vineyard certification. The pilot program was an educational opportunity to prepare growers for certification in 2023. Certification will be based on a grower self-assessment and third-party audit using the latest version of the VineBalance workbook. Growers who achieve certification and wineries who produce wine from certified sustainable grapes will be permitted to use the program logo for special labeling. Stay tuned!

VineBalance 2022

The NYWGF is pleased to announce the release of Version 2 of VineBalance 2022 as the latest edition of New York’s statewide code of sustainable winegrowing.

VineBalance 2007

The New York Guide to Sustainable Viticulture Practices Grower Self-assessment Workbook is designed to both document sustainable grape growing practices already in place and promote sustainable practices throughout the industry.

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2022 Unity Awards: Sustainability Recipient - Tim Martinson

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“I’m deeply honored to receive this Unity Award in sustainability from the Foundation, as developing and promoting Sustainable viticultural practices has been a major part of my extension effort for the past 20-od years.” says, Martinson.

The NYWGF Sustainability Program would not be possible without support from the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, USDA Rural Development, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, Genesee Valley Regional Market Authority, Yates County, New York State Wine Grape Growers, and John Ingle of Ingle Vineyard and Heron Hill Winery.