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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

The 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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NYWGF Joins Porto Protocol

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2022 Unity Awards: Sustainability Recipient - Tim Martinson

Tim Martinson has been working on Sustainable practices for vineyards since starting his extension career in 1997. One of his first tasks was to produce a series of Agricultural Environmental Management worksheets for vineyards, in cooperation with the Yates Co. Soil and Water Conservation District. A few years later they expanded the worksheets into the VineBalance NY Guide to Sustainable Vineyard Practices workbook.

“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.