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Business Management

Business ManagementWhile many might think that growing grapes and running a winery sounds like a perfect way to live, the fact is that these are businesses that require good information to make decisions about production practices, labor, marketing, and more. The Finger Lakes Grape Program works with experts from Cornell, Penn State, and the private and non-profit sectors to bring this kind of information to growers. 


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Complete Business Management Fall Content

2018 Finger Lakes Grape Price Listing

Last Modified: September 6, 2018

Here is the 2018 listing of grape prices in the Finger Lakes as provided by some of the regions' wineries. We appreciate their willingness to share their price lists with us and with the industry.


Finger Lakes Grape Prices- 2017

Brittany Griffin, Administrative Assistant
Finger Lakes Grape Program

Last Modified: September 7, 2017

The 2017 Finger Lakes Grape Price List is available for download. We received prices from thirteen buyers, and we thank them for submitting their prices to us. Keep in mind that the average price listed for each category and variety is NOT a weighted average based on tons purchased, but merely the average of the stated prices.

Changes to Agricultural Worker Protection Standard

Last Modified: January 9, 2017

Changes made to the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard in 2015 are in effect starting January 2, 2017.

This page contains resources for understanding the new rules and links to materials that can be used in training workers and handlers.

2016 Finger Lakes Grape Price List

Last Modified: September 7, 2016

The 2016 Finger Lakes Grape Price List is available for download. We received prices from fourteen buyers, and we thank them for submitting their prices to us. Keep in mind that the average price listed for each category and variety is NOT a weighted average based on tons purchased, but merely the average of the stated prices.

Average prices that are lower than 2015 are shaded in red, prices that are flat (plus or minus 0.5%) are shaded in yellow, and those that are higher than last year are shaded in green.

If you have any questions about the Price List, please don't hesitate to contact our office.

Finger Lakes Grape Prices - 2015

Last Modified: August 27, 2015

The 2015 Finger Lakes Grape Price List is available for download below. We received prices from thirteen buyers, and we thank them for submitting their prices to us. Keep in mind that the average price listed for each category and variety is NOT a weighted average based on tons purchased, but merely the average of the stated prices.

Average prices that are lower than 2014 are shaded in red, prices that are flat (plus or minus 0.5%) are shaded in yellow, and those that are higher than last year are shaded in green.

If you have any questions about the Price List, please don't hesitate to contact our office.

Clarification on Use of "Volunteer" Labor at NY Businesses

Last Modified: October 3, 2014

Finger Lakes Grape Price List - 2014

Last Modified: September 5, 2014

The 2014 Finger Lakes Grape Price List is available for download below. We received prices from fifteen buyers, and we thank them for submitting their prices to us. Keep in mind that the average price listed for each category and variety is NOT a weighted average based on tons purchased, but merely the average of the stated prices.

Average prices that are lower than 2013 are shaded in red, prices that are flat (plus or minus 0.5%) are shaded in yellow, and those that are higher than last year are shaded in green.

If you have any questions about the Price List, please don't hesitate to contact our office.

Finger Lakes Grape Prices 2013

Hans Walter-Peterson, Team Leader, Viticulture Extension Specialist
Finger Lakes Grape Program

Last Modified: September 4, 2013

The FLGP's annual listing of grape prices from Finger Lakes wineries and processors is available. This year, we received prices from seventeen buyers, and we thank them for submitting their prices to us. Keep in mind that the average price listed for each category and variety is NOT a weighted average based on tons purchased, but merely the average of the stated prices. Average prices that are lower than 2012 are indicated in red, prices that are flat or higher than 2012 are shown in green.

Finger Lakes Grape Prices - 2012

Last Modified: May 2, 2013
Finger Lakes Grape Prices - 2012

Grape prices in the Finger Lakes were more encouraging in 2012 than they have been for the past several years. After a consistent pattern of flat or falling prices for most varieties since 2008, average prices for almost all varieties either held steady or increased compared to 2011.

Finger Lakes Grape Prices - 2011

Last Modified: May 1, 2013
Finger Lakes Grape Prices - 2011

Grape prices in the Finger Lakes in 2011 continued a frustrating pattern for growers, with prices for the majority of the varieties reported remaining flat or pushing downward. While it is possible that this was partially in response to anticipation of a larger than normal crop, the trend seems puzzling especially when you consider that the "word on the street" as we approached harvest was that some buyers were having difficulty finding enough fruit for certain varieties.

Fuel Prices and Inflation

Kevin Martin, Extension Educator, Business Management
Lake Erie Regional Grape Program

Last Modified: March 13, 2013
Fuel Prices and Inflation

Fuel represents a significant cost for everyone, farmers included.  We have a number of generations that experienced an economy where the cost of energy could not be a consideration.  It was just plain cheap.  Bulk juice and wine producers spend significantly more on fuel now.  The perception is that fuel costs drive up the costs of other goods, cause inflation and decrease competitiveness.  I would argue that everyone has to deal with fuel prices, it decreases the supply of available money, and only impacts the costs of goods directly related to energy.  

USDA Rural Development for Businesses and Cooperatives

Edith Byrne, Association Program Educator I
Lake Erie Regional Grape Program

Last Modified: March 13, 2013

Business Programs
Through its Business Programs, USDA Rural Development provides for business credit needs in under-served rural areas, often in partnership with private-sector lenders.
Please visit their website for more up to date information: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/LP_BusinessPrograms.html

Wage Theft Prevention Act

Kevin Martin, Extension Educator, Business Management
Lake Erie Regional Grape Program

Last Modified: March 13, 2013

New York State recently passed the Wage Theft Prevention Act. This law is similar to new requirements in Massachusetts, and Illinois. In the past record keeping requirements were similar to Pennsylvania. Employers have to document standard payroll data such as hourly rate, hours worked, and ensure piece rate employees were making at least minimum wage.    

Succession Planning: Nearly Free Business Organizations

Last Modified: March 12, 2013
Succession Planning:  Nearly Free Business Organizations

Corporations, LLC, S-Corps and other business organizations have their place. In the excitement of limiting liability and developing into a sophisticated operation many growers look to these organizations. For some growers these organizations are absolutely essential and a bargain value. For small growers the tools offered are not always appropriate and the costs are disproportionate. Sole proprietorships and partnerships offer no liability protection, no flexibility in tax structure and other similar limitations. However, these organizations lower costs for insurance, filing fees, accounting services, and legal fees.

Crop Insurance

Kevin Martin, Extension Educator, Business Management
Lake Erie Regional Grape Program

Last Modified: March 7, 2013

Participation in crop insurance is an essential element of risk management for bulk production.  Growers with significant leverage, or debt, are often required to purchase crop insurance.  In addition to debt, practices, site and market can all impact importance of crop insurance to an individual grower.  



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Impact of Fruit Zone Sunlight Exposure on Fruit Composition of Cold Climate Hybrid Grapes WEBINAR

January 17, 2019
1 pm

Dr. Atucha's research program focuses on fruit crop physiology and production of deciduous fruit crops (cranberries and cold climate grapes). The goal of her extension program is to deliver up to date, research-based information to fruit growers that will lead to improve production practices of fruit crops in Wisconsin.
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B.E.V. NY Exhibitor Registration

B.E.V. NY is New York's annual conference for the grape and wine industry, combining the resources of Cornell's Extension Enology Lab, the Finger Lakes Grape Program, and the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. More than 400 people attend B.E.V. NY each year to hear the latest information about marketing, winemaking and grape growing from academic and industry experts. If you want to reach the growers, winemakers and business leaders in the dynamic and expanding grape and wine industry of the Finger Lakes and New York, there is no better place to be than at B.E.V. NY!

Exhibitors can register for the Trade Show during one, two, or all three days of the conference. This gives you the opportunity to target the kind of attendees that you would like to reach during the event. Want to talk to tasting room or marketing staff about your company's new service? Wednesday's business-focused program is where you'll want to be. Are you primarily interested in talking to winemakers? Then be sure to be there during Thursday's enology program. Friday is all about vineyards so if you want to talk to grape growers, that's the day for you. Or get even wider exposure and register for two or three days!

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