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Starting a Winery in Northern New York: Considerations and Costs

Lindsey Pashow, Ag Business Development & Marketing Specialist

December 19, 2017
Starting a Winery in Northern New York: Considerations and Costs

Are you interested in starting a winery in Northern New York? CCE Harvest New York has put together a report and interactive Excel spreadsheets on Starting a Winery in Northern New York: Winery Establishment Considerations and Costs.

The report provides a general overview of starting a winery in Northern New York. You will find information on current wine sales, markets, winery establishment costs, licensing resources, growing grapes vs purchasing grapes or juice, winery building, and potential financial help resources.

Additionally, we have created Excel spreadsheets to help you determine some start-up costs and considerations. Within the Cost Calculating Spreadsheet, you will find worksheets (tabs along the bottom) for Yield per Vine, Yield per Acre, a Tank Size Calculator (embedded in the Yield worksheets) and Production Establishment Cost. Instructions are provided on the top of each worksheet.

NOTE: The spreadsheets can be used for the entire New York wine industry. They are provided as a general idea of the costs associated with establishing or expanding a winery and are not intended as a must-have list or an all-inclusive list.



Starting a Winery in NNY: Winery Establishment Considerations and Costs (pdf; 2296KB)

Cost Calculating Spreadsheets - download (xlsx; 37KB)
  • Use these interactive worksheets to calculate yield, tank sizes, equipment and additional costs.



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Propagating Strawberry Plants Through Runners

The production of strawberry plants is challenging due to the rigorous sanitation needs that must be met, especially in field propagation settings, but also in greenhouse settings. To add to that, growers in New York may find it more difficult to obtain their preferred strawberry varieties in the coming years, as fewer nurseries are propagating strawberries. The solution: strawberry plug plants propagated from runners in a controlled environment such as a greenhouse or high tunnel.

Plug production of rarer varieties that do well in New York State will fetch a higher price than dormant bare-root plants due to the higher cost of production and lower availability in the Northeast, especially if plants are available in August.
Propagating Strawberry Plants Through Runners, written by Anya Osatuke of CCE Harvest NY and Brad Bergefurd of The Ohio State University, only discusses production and marketing potential of plug plants because successful field production of bare-root strawberries is very difficult to achieve without the use of highly restricted soil fumigants. 

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