The mission of New York Sustainable Winegrowing 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.
Stakeholder engagement with the program is fundamental for its success and we appreciate your thoughts and time. If you have any suggestions on how to improve the program, please submit them using the form linked HERE.
|October 10, 2022||VineBalance 2023 Released|
|December 30, 2022||Completed VineBalance Due|
|February – May, 2023||In-person Audits Conducted|
“I was surprised,” says Jan Peter Nyrop, of the news that the New York Wine & Grape Foundation honored him with the 2023 Jim Finkle Industry Award in recognition of his achievements in the industry. “I didn’t feel like I was doing anything out of the ordinary. I was just doing my job as a faculty member and director. But now, I feel very fortunate and grateful to have my efforts recognized.” The award named
Are there tangible returns on investments in farmworker housing? Kaitlyn Ann Lutz, Dairy Management Specialist at Cornell Cooperative Extension points out that substandard housing is a driver of turnover on some farms. Jay Canzonier, Extension Support Specialist at Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development adds that a high standard of housing sends a message to farmworkers about standards on the farm. Many New York Wine & Grape Foundation members are familiar with the Farmworker Housing Program which
The New York Sustainable Winegrowing program is excited to announce that applications are now open for the Vineyard Certification process. Following the success of our pilot in 2022, the program is now open to all wineries in New York. The NYWGF Sustainable Winegrowing program provides a pathway to voluntary third-party certification that verifies vineyards are using the best practices to ensure environmental, social, and economic sustainability of New York Wine. Sam Filler, NYWGF Executive Director,
NYWGF is a Founding Member of the Sustainable Wine Roundtable
The Sustainable Wine Roundtable (SWR) is an independent, nonprofit, multi-stakeholder initiative to unite the international wine community around a consensus definition of sustainable wine. The mission of the SWR is to develop guidelines and best practices to advance sustainability in all aspects of wine production and trade. As a Founding Member, the Foundation will join with sister programs to share expertise and develop a global sustainability standard for wine. For more information, visit this link.
NYWGF Joins Porto Protocol
2023 Unity Awards: Sustainability Recipient - Silver Thread Vineyards
Silver Thread Vineyard is a boutique estate winery located on the east side of Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes region. Sustainability is important to us, and we grow our grapes using regenerative and biological practices for exceptional purity and expression. Co-owner/winemakers Paul and Shannon Brock have owned the business for 12 years.
“We have always valued the collaborative approach of Finger Lakes wineries and have tried to give back at least as much as we receive from this terrific industry. It's humbling and exciting to be recognized by our peers for our sustainability efforts.” says, Paul Brock, Co-owner and Estate Manager.
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.