Pilot Program for Sustainable Vineyard Certification is a Success!

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The New York Wine & Grape Foundation (NYWGF) is thrilled to announce the successful completion of a pilot program for VineBalance sustainable vineyard certification. Participating grape growers from across New York State performed a vineyard self-assessment using the VineBalance 2022 workbook followed by a third-party inspection from a NYWGF Vineyard Inspector. Growers evaluated their vineyard sustainability against 144 action items addressing input reduction, soil health, water protection, resources and waste, energy conservation, ecosystem health, climate resiliency, continuous improvement, and social equity. Each action item was measured on a scale from 1 (least sustainable) to 4 (most sustainable), and growers had to earn an average score of 3 to pass the workbook. Of the 40 participating grape growers, 35 passed the workbook and inspection, making them eligible for certification in 2023.  

Concurrently, the NYWGF is working with a marketing agency to develop a trust mark for special labeling so consumers can easily identify certified sustainable wines from New York. Vineyards who achieve certification in 2023 will be permitted to use the logo on wines made with certified grapes. A complete list of growers who passed the sustainable vineyard certification pilot program is below: 

Finger Lakes: 

  • Ingle Vineyard 
  • Heart & Hands Wine Company 
  • Boundary Breaks, LLC 
  • Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars 
  • Silver Thread Winery 
  • Three Brothers Winery and Estates 
  • Wagner Vineyards 
  • Hunt Country Vineyards 
  • Doyle Vineyard Management, LLC 
  • Colloca Estate Winery 
  • Fox Run Vineyards 
  • Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard 
  • Ravines Wine Cellars 
  • Lake Road Vineyards 
  • Forge Cellars 
  • Sawmill Creek Vineyards 
  • Buzzard Crest Vineyards / Barrington Cellars 
  • Vineyard View / Crooked Vines 
  • Heron Hill Winery 
  • Hosmer Winery / Patricia Verona Vineyards 
  • Airy Acres Vineyard 
  • Thirsty Owl Wine Company 
  • Anthony Road Wine Co. / Martini Vineyards 
  • Kashong Glen Vineyard 
  • New Vines 
  • Rockhouse Vineyards 

Hudson Valley: 

  • Benmarl Winery 
  • Clover Pond Vineyard 
  • South Dominion Vineyard 

Long Island: 

  • Bedell Cellars 

Champlain Valley: 

  • Four Maples Vineyard 

Lake Erie: 

  • Knight Vineyards 


  • Arrowhead Spring Vineyards 
  • Black Willow Winery 
  • Chateau Niagara 
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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.