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New York Sustainable Winegrowing

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

Enrollment Open Now!

Following the success of our pilot in 2022, the program is now open to all wineries in New York. Certification under this program is based on a grower self-assessment and third-party audit using the latest version of the VineBalance workbook. Growers who achieve this certification will be able to market their grapes as Certified Sustainable under this Program and wineries that make wine Consisting of at least 85% certified sustainable grapes will be permitted to use the program logo for special labeling and marketing.

Justin Jackson

Justin Jackson

Sustainability Program Manager

VineBalance 2023

NYWGF is pleased to announce the release of VineBalance 2023 as the latest edition of New York’s statewide code of sustainable winegrowing.

Important Dates

October 10, 2022VineBalance 2023 Released
December 30, 2022Completed VineBalance Due
February – May, 2023In-person Audits Conducted

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