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New York Sustainability Certification

New York’s winegrowers face several challenges to premium wine and grape production, increasing the cost and complexity of vineyard management. Sustainable vineyard practices are widely regarded as essential to reduce environmental impact and improve the quality of wine.

The New York Wine and Grape Foundation is working to develop a New York certified sustainability program that will highlight the sustainable practices New York grape growers have already adopted, while providing guidance on how to advance their sustainability efforts in a consistent manner. The program, starting in 2021, is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, the Genesee Valley Regional Market Authority, and a private matching grant from John Ingle of Ingle Vineyards and Heron Hill Winery.

A New York certified sustainability program will provide a means for consumers to identify and support sustainable winegrowers. Trends indicate that consumers are increasingly interested in purchasing sustainable products, and are willing to pay more for them. This market-based approach to conservation will provide a continuous incentive for producers to implement and maintain sustainable practices that yield wide-ranging environmental and economic benefits.

NYWGF Joins Sustainable Roundtable

We are thrilled to announce that the New York Wine & Grape Foundation has joined the Sustainable Wine Roundtable (SWR) as a Founding Member. The 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.

Request for Proposals

The New York Wine and Grape Foundation seeks a consultant to update VineBalance as the basis for a new sustainability certification program for the New York grape and wine industry.
Responses are due by June 30, 2021.

Sustainability Advisory Committee Nominations

We are seeking representatives from Lake Erie, Long Island, Hudson River, Upper Hudson, Niagara Escarpment and Champlain Valley to join this committee.

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