New York Wine & Grape Foundation Announces 2022 Unity Award Nominations Process

Awardees Honored at B.E.V. NY Conference, Donations Made on Winners' Behalf to New York Nonprofits

nywgf unity awards logoThe Unity Awards are back! This year during the B.E.V NY Virtual Conference, the New York Wine & Grape Foundation will revive our 32-year old tradition of honoring community leaders for their distinguished contributions to the New York wine and grape industry.

Supporting each other and being a part of a strong community is more important than ever before. During one of the most challenging times in recent history, our industry came together, shared ideas and resources, and found a way through the challenges together.

What better way to continue that ethos of caring than by providing the Unity Award winners an opportunity to support industry related projects that matter to them? NYWGF is pleased to announce that this year’s winners will be provided with a cash award to be donated on their behalf to a New York based nonprofit of their choice. The nonprofit must be dedicated to education or promotion supporting the New York wine and grape industry or consumer education related to New York wine.

Please click here to learn more about past winners of the Unity Awards and submit your nominations for 2022 by March 4th, 2022.

2022 Award Categories

Jim Trezise Lifetime Achievement Award

This award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a lifelong commitment to the New York wine and grape industry and made impactful contributions that advanced the industry.
$2,500 Award

Phyllis Feder Unity Award

This award recognizes individuals who have volunteered their time, shown exceptional leadership, and achieved recognized results in building industry cooperation and unity.
$2,000 Award

Jim Finkle Industry Award

This award is intentionally broad in scope in order to recognize outstanding achievements in aspects of the industry not directly covered by Unity and other awards.
$2,000 Award

Grower Award

This award recognizes an individual for dedication and contributions to the New York grape industry.
$1,000 Award

Winery Award

This award recognizes a winery that has made major contributions to advancing the image and reputation of the New York wine industry.
$1,000 Award

Researcher Award

This award recognizes major contributions in the area of grape growing processing, and wine research.
$1,000 Award

Sustainability Award

This award recognizes an organization or winery that has exemplified sustainable practices.
$1,000 Award

Ron Reals Distributor Award

This award recognizes achievement in distributing and promoting New York wines.
$500 Award

Restaurant Award

This award recognizes excellence in promoting New York wines in a fine dining experience.
$500 Award

Retailer Award

This award is presented to wine stores which do an exceptional job in educating consumers about the quality and variety of New York wines.
$500 Award

Consumer Award

This award recognizes enthusiastic support of the New York wine industry and exemplifying the use of wine as part of a happy, healthy lifestyle.
$500 Award

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New York Wine & Grape Foundation

The mission of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation is to promote the world-class image of New York grapes and wines from our diverse regions to responsibly benefit farmers, producers and consumers through innovative marketing, research, communication, and advocacy.