Business Development Resource Database

Click on a state to see the list of government and private (for-profit and non-profit) organizations that provide services to small and large businesses, and entrepreneurs.  These can provide valuable assistance in establishing and expanding operations of vineyards and wineries.  Select National from the drop down menu to see the organizations that provide services to businesses throughout the country.

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National

Research Organizations

National Grape & Wine Initiative
Jean-Marie Peltier, 1415 L Street, Suite 460
Sacramento, CA, USA
916-446-3900
info@ngwi.org
www.ngwi.org

Nationwide coalition of the grape industry including: raisin, juice, fresh grape and wine. NGWI membership includes grape growers, processors, wineries and representatives of academic institutions and cooperative extension organizations.  Provides research data on grape and wine production in the U.S. and economic impact studies.

Other

Vineyard and Winery Management (VWM)
421 E Street
Santa Rosa, 95402-6459, USA
707-577-7700
rmerletti@vwm-online.com
www.vwmmedia.org

VWM is a company with a broad-ranging portfolio serving the North American wine industry for nearly 40 years. Because of the diversity of its portfolio, VWM is able to reach segments of the wine industry other companies simply can't touch.  The business publishes Vineyard & Winery Management magazine, which has the highest circulation of any North American wine trade publication. In addition it produces and hosts two regional trade shows and conferences and six unique wine competitions.

Wines and Vines
65 Mitchell Blvd, Suite A
San Rafael, 94903, USA
415-453-9700
info@winesandvines.com
winesandvines.com

Wines & Vines offers a comprehensive collection of products providing news, information, marketing and research capabilities. Our monthly magazine, Directory/Buyer's Guide and Online Marketing System provides a wide range of solutions to give you the tools to be successful in the wine and grape industry.

Wine Business Monthly
110 W. Napa St.
Sonoma, 95476, USA
800-895-9463
info@winebusiness.com
www.winebusiness.com/wbm

WBM as the largest circulation of any wine trade publication in North America.  It has the most up-to-date and comprehensive editorial.  Wine Business Monthly differentiates itself with its editorial focus on products. Each month, Wine Business Monthly's editorial staff does a product review - covering everything from tank presses and mobile bottling lines to ATV's and yeast. WBM also does product surveys and first looks at new products.

Eastern Wine Exposition
Quality Event Management, 3970 Post Road,
Warwick, USA, RI 02886
410-885-8788 Ext 11
bob@easternwineryexposition.com
www.easternwineryexposition.com

An Eastern-focused wine industry trade show and conference designed to provide the Eastern U.S. and Canadian wineries and vineyards with an easily accessible, affordable, professional event held in a first class hotel and convention center at the right time of year.  Held in early March in the Lancaster County Convention Center in Pennsylvania.

Wineries Unlimited
P.O. Box 14459
Santa Rosa, USA, 95402-6459
707-577-7700
www.wineriesunlimited.com

Wineries + Breweries Unlimited is held each March in Richmond, VA.  It is a business to business conference and trade show designed especially for members of the eastern wine industry who want their businesses to thrive and prosper.  Includes multi-track seminars on wine-focused enology, viticulture, marketing and finance, sessions will include relevant content for new brewers.  The conference is sponsored by Vineyard and Winery Management.

WineJobs.com
, USA
www.winebusiness.com/classifieds/winejobs/

The leading online site for jobs in the grape and wine industry.  Searches can be conducted by keyword, job category, as well as by location – national, state and region.

Winebusiness,com
, USA

The industry’s home page for products and services.  Enables online searches for grapes and bulk wine, industry events, real estate, services and supplies, used barrels and used equipment.

Industry Associations

Association of Enology and Viticulture
P.O. Box 1855
Davis, CA, USA
(530) 753-3142
society@asev.org
www.asev.org

Conducts annual conferences that include research presentations and industry seminars, offers scholarships to students to attend conferences, publishes a professional journal, e-newsletter, and technical data updates.

Winegrape Growers of America (WGA)
1325 J Street, Suite 1560
Sacramento, CA, USA
800-241-1800
info@cawg.org
winegrowersofamerica.org

Serves as the national lobbying arm of the domestic winegrape industry and provides a forum for communication and exchange of information among member states.

American Institute of Wine and Food (AIWF)
26384 Carmel Rancho Lance, Suite 200E
Carmel, CA, USA
800-274-2493
info@aiwf.org
aiwf.org

Unique combination of dedicated wine and food enthusiasts and professionals that promotes health and well-being through the enjoyment of good food and drink; events presented to members by  renowned chefs, winemakers, authors, culinary historians, and food producers, and enables industry professionals to learn about their core consumers.  Local chapters and the AIWF Foundation award culinary and enology scholarships.

Wine America
1015 18th St NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC, USA
202-783-2756
tgood@wineamerica.org
wineamerica.org

Encourage the dynamic growth and development of American wineries and wine growing through the advancement and advocacy of sound public policy. The Association also provides membership services to assist wineries with a variety of business operations. 

Government Agencies

Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau
1310 G Street, NW, Box 12
Washington, DC, USA
202-453-2000
TTBInternetQuestions@ttb.gov
www.ttb.gov

Services:  Includes product analysis, tax and trade compliance with federal regulations; ensures that a warning label appears on all wine products; requires a permit for businesses that act as a producer, importer, or wholesaler of alcohol beverages; ensures that labeling and advertising of alcohol beverages provide adequate information to the consumer concerning the identity and quality of the product; requires that alcohol beverages bottlers and importers must have an approved certificate of label approval (COLA) or an exemption certificate before the product may be sold in the United States; and prevents misleading labeling or advertising that may result in potential for consumer deception regarding the product.

USDA – National Agricultural Statistics Service – Crop Information
1400 Independence Ave., SW,
Washington DC, USA
800-727-9540
nass@nass.usda.gov
www.nass.usda.gov

Services:  provides timely, accurate, and useful statistics on national and state level grape production.  

USDA – National Agricultural Statistics Service – Specialists
, USA
202-720-5412
lakeya.jones@nass.usda.gov
www.nass.usda.gov/Contact_Us/Ask_a_Specialist/index.php

Services: Provides assistance via commodity specialists.  For assistance on grapes use the phone and email address shown above.

USDA - Loan Programs
, USA
http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=GRANTS_LOANS

Provides loans to new and family-size farmers and ranchers, specialty crop block grants, and crop insurance.

USDA – Farm Service Agency – Loans to Farmers and Ranches
, USA
http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/webapp?area=home&subject=fmlp&topic=landing

Makes direct and guaranteed farm ownership and operating loans to family-size farmers and ranchers who cannot obtain commercial credit from a bank, Farm Credit System institution, or other lender. FSA loans can be used to purchase land, livestock, equipment, feed, seed, and supplies. Loans can also be used to construct buildings or make farm improvements.

USDA – National Institute of Food and Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue SW., Stop 2201
Washington, DC, USA
202-720-4423
www.nifa.usda.gov/fo/funding.cfm

Services: Supports research, education, and extension programs through formula grants through the Land-Grant University System and competitive grants to other partner organizations. 

US Small Business Administration - Loans and Grants
US Small Business Administration 409 3rd St, SW
Washington DC 20416, USA
800-827-5722
answerdesk@sba.gov
http://www.sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/loans-grants

SBA provides a number of financial assistance programs for small businesses that have been specifically designed to meet key financing needs, including debt financing, surety bonds, and equity financing.

US Small Business Administration - 7(a) Loan Program
Washington, DC, USA
www.sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/loans-grants/small-business-loans/sba-loan-programs/7a-loan-program

SBA provides loans to businesses, not individuals, so the requirements of eligibility are based on aspects of the business, not the owners. Key factors of eligibility are based on what the business does to receive its income, the character of its ownership and where the business operates.  SBA generally does not specify what businesses are eligible. Rather, the agency outlines what businesses are not eligible.  However, there are some universally applicable requirements. 

US Small Business Administration - CDC504 Loans
Washington, DC, USA
www.sba.gov/content/cdc504-loan-program-eligibility

Provides financing for fixed assets like equipment and real estate

US Small Business Administration - Research Grants for Small Businesses
Washington, DC, USA
www.sba.gov/content/research-grants-small-businesses

If your small business is engaged in scientific research and development (R&D), you may qualify for federal grants under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.  SBIR and STTR programs encourage small businesses to undertake R&D projects that Meet federal R&D objectives, have high potential for commercialization.  Explore SBIR.gov to learn more about these programs, e.g., from the USDA.

USDA - Farm Service Agency - Loans for New Farmers and Ranchers
Washington, DC, USA
www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/webapp?area=home&subject=fmlp&topic=bfl

Provides direct and guaranteed loans to beginning farmers and ranchers who are unable to obtain financing from commercial credit sources. Each fiscal year, the Agency targets a portion of its direct and guaranteed farm ownership (FO) and operating loan (OL) funds to beginning farmers and ranchers.

USDA - Risk Management Agency
Washington, DC, USA
www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=CROP_LIVESTOCK_INSUR

USDA makes crop and livestock insurance information readily available, accessible by allowing customers to quickly calculate premiums, locate agents, and download files on demand. To help users better understand crop and livestock insurance, USDA provides critical policy and reinsurance agreement information and details the insurance cycle from the application process to the claims process. 

Alabama

Industry Associations

Alabama Wineries and Grape Growers Association
5296 Old US Hwy 278,
Hokes Bluff, AL
256-504-8225
Jim_Lee@LST.com
http://www.awgga.org/index.html

AWGGA Mission is (a) to promote the production of Alabama grapes for use in winemaking by commercial wineries and by amateur wine makers and to disseminate information relating to their availability; (b) To lobby with the state legislature in order to sustain and enhance commercial wine making opportunities in Alabama using the model winery concept as presented by the national organization Wine America (previously American Vintners Association); and (c) To encourage research in all aspects of an Alabama commercial grapevine industry and advance the efforts of grape growing interests.

Alaska

Government Agencies

Agriculture Division of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources
1800 Glenn Highway, Suite 12
Palmer, 99645, AK
907-745-7200
http://dnr.alaska.gov/ag/

The mission of the Division of Agriculture is to promote and encourage development of an agriculture industry in the State.

Arizona

Industry Associations

Arizona Wine Growers
17235 N. 75th Ave
Ste. D-145
Glendale, AZ, 85308
623-236-2338
info@arizonawine.org
https://www.arizonawine.org/growingRegions.html

The Arizona Wine Growers Association (AWGA) serves grape growers and winemakers in Arizona, allying its members for representation, promotion and education. The association strives to advance with integrity the sustainable growth and production of authentic Arizona-grown wines

Government Agencies

Arizona Department of Agriculture
1688 W. Adams St
Phoenix, AZ, 85007
602-542-4373
https://agriculture.az.gov/

The Department includes the Agricultural Consultation and Training program, Boards and Commissions, a Citrus, Fruit and Vegetable Standardization and Fresh Produce Grade Inspection program, the Office of Pest Management, and the State Agricultural Laboratory.

Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control
800 W. Washington, 5th Floor
Phoenix, AZ, 85007
602-542-5141
answers@AZLiquor.gov
http://www.azliquor.gov/

The Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control (DLLC), authorized by Arizona Revised Statutes Title 4, employs law enforcement, licensing, auditing, education, publicity, and communication to meet our mission-critical objectives. Our dedicated civilian and sworn law enforcement staff along with community and statewide stakeholders-partners, carry out much of this work.

DLLC is responsible for reviewing state liquor applications and issuing more than 250 new and 600 renewal licenses every month. In Arizona, 17 different license types provide for the legal production, sale and/or service of liquor at locations which include airplanes, trains, watercraft, restaurants, liquor stores and other retailers, hotels, bars, distillers, distributors, and special events. The department is organized in three divisions:

Arkansas

Research Organizations

University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture
University of Arkansas, Enology and Viticulture Program
Institutie of Food Sciences and Engineering, 2650 N. Young Ave.
Fayetteville,, AR, 72704
479-575-4040
jumorris@uark.edu
http://www.uark.edu/depts/ifse/grapeprog/default.html

The Enology and Viticulture Research Program is a multidisciplinary, industry-oriented program that addresses research and extension issues in grape cultivar development, production, handling, harvesting, processing, and utilization. The Program was established to conduct basic and applied research pertinent to both the current and long-term challenges that face the Arkansas, regional and national grape industries.

California

Industry Associations

American Vineyard Foundation
P.O. Box 5779
Napa, CA
707-252-6911
scott@avf.org
http://www.avf.org/

Provides the unique opportunity to unify the grape and wine industry through collaborative research efforts.  Solicits research proposals for the following organizations: the California Table Grape Commission (CTGC), the California Grape Rootstock Improvement Commission (CGRIC) and California Grape Rootstock Research Foundation (CGRRF), the California Raisin Marketing Board (CRMB), the California Winegrape Inspection Advisory Board (CWIAB) and the Oregon Wine Board (OWB).  Applications are submitted through the Unified Grant Management for Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis (https://uvegrants.ucanr.org/).

Colorado

State Extension

Western Colorado Research Center - Viticulture Extension
Orchard Mesa Research Station, 3168 B 1/2 Road
Grand Junction, 81503, CO
970-434-3264 Extension 204
horst.caspari@colostate.edu
http://www.ext.colostate.edu/menu_ag.html

Western Colorado Viticulture and Enology Programs are housed at the Orchard Mesa Research Center Dr. Horst Caspari is the state Viticulturist

Western Colorado Research Center - Enology Extension
3168 B 1/2 Road
Grand Junction, 81503-9621 , CO
970-434-3264 Extension 202
Stephen.Menke@colostate.edu
http://aes-wcrc.agsci.colostate.edu/

Western Colorado Viticulture and Enology Programs are housed at the Orchard Mesa Research Center Dr. Stephen Menke is the State Enologist.

     

Industry Associations

Colorado Association for Viticulture and Enology (CAVE)
144 Kluge Ave. Building #1
Palisade, 81526, CO
970-464-0111
info@coloradowinefest.com
http://www.winecolorado.org/

The Colorado Association for Viticulture and Enology (CAVE) is a member-based association that exists to encourage and support enology and viticulture in Colorado.  It promotes the interests of Colorado grape growers and wineries in legislative and political matters, provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, and disseminates current information pertaining to optimum winemaking and agriculture practices for vineyards in the area. CAVE seeks to establish contacts and relationships with other associations, both regional and statewide, to further development and growth of the industry.

Government Agencies

Colorado Wine Industry Development Board
2645 5th Street
Boulder, 80304-3203, CO
720-304-3406
dcaskey@coloradowine.com
http://coloradowine.com/cms/index.cfm/category/40/cwidb.cfm

Doug Caskey, Executive Director - Board is a government agency supporting the Colorado grape and wine industry.  Services include support for events and research.

Connecticut

Government Agencies

Connecticut Department of Agricultre
165 Capitol Ave
Hartford, CT, 06106
860-713-2500
ctdeptag@ct.gov
http://www.ct.gov/doag/site/default.asp

Growing Connecticut Agriculture to Foster a Healthy Economic, Environmental and Social Climate.

Delaware

Government Agencies

Delaware Department of Agriculture
2320 South DuPont Highway
Dover, DE, 19901
302-698-4500
http://dda.delaware.gov/

The Department of Agriculture has a dedicated staff that strives effectively and efficiently to accomplish our mission, which is to sustain and promote the viability of food, fiber, and agricultural industries in Delaware through quality services that protect and enhance the environment, health, and welfare of the general public.

I am honored to serve as Secretary of Agriculture in the administration of Governor Jack Markell. The Department’s staff and I work diligently to provide quality, professional services to our state’s agricultural industry and our residents. Agriculture is facing a period of both great challenge and great opportunity, but we are blessed in Delaware to have both a strong farming community and a supportive administration that understands agriculture’s critical role in the economy of our state. We will meet these challenges cooperatively, as a team, to continue to sustain and grow Delaware’s agriculture that is so vital to our quality of life.

Please note that my door is always open and I am ready to listen.

Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee

Delaware Alcohol and Tabacco Enforcement
, DE
302-741-2719
http://date.delaware.gov/ATE/index.shtml

“To ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the public by regulating the activities of the alcoholic beverage industry while permitting open competition and legal marketing practices that meet the lawful needs and convenience of the consumer. -Title 29 Del Code 304”

Florida

Research Organizations

University of Florida Mid-Florida Research and Education Center
2725 S. Binion Road
Apopka, FL
407-884-2034
lsosborn@ufl.edu
http://mrec.ifas.ufl.edu/

Offers Research, Teaching, and Extension programs centered on environmental horticulture, vegetable, and fruit crops in three broad areas of study:  Plant Development – breeding, developmental biology, biotechnology, landscaping, and economics; Plant Production – nutrition, water use, light, and horticulture; and Plant Protection – plant pathology, entomology, weed management, and IPM.

Industry Associations

Florida Grape Growers Association
111 Yelvington Road. Suite 1
East Palatka, FL
386-329-0318
http://www.fgga.org/

Include access to university research, actual experience of Florida growers, grape products, and incentive programs just to name a few! The newsletter provides the means to share information among members.

Government Agencies

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Florida Capitol
Tallahassee, FL
800-435-7352
http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Agriculture-Industry/Business-Development-Resources

Business development resources include Business Development Resources, Adjusted Gross Revenue-Lite (AGR-Lite) Insurance, Agricultural Dealer's Licenses, Agricultural Marketing Orders, Agricultural Property Tax Classification

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services – Certified Florida Wineries and Vineyards
Division of Marketing and Development, The Mayo Building, 407 South Calhoun Street
Tallahessee, FL
850-617-7318
Thomas.Thomas@FreshFromFlorida.com
http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Agriculture-Industry/Business-Development-Resources/Certified-Florida-Farm-Wineries-and-Vineyards

Under the Florida Farm Winery Program, which is administered by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), a Florida winery may qualify as a tourist attraction only if it is registered with and certified in writing by the FDACS as a Florida Farm Winery. 

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services – Florida Specialty Crop Block Grant Program
Division of Marketing 407 South Calhoun Street, Mayo Building - Room 411
Tallahessee, FL
850-617-7340
SpecialtyCrop@FreshFromFlorida.com
http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Business-Services/Grant-Opportunities/Florida-Specialty-Crop-Block-Grant-Program

Administers funds from USDA for grants projects that will enhance the competitiveness of Florida specialty crops. The latter are defined as fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, horticulture, nursery crops (including floriculture).  

Georgia

Industry Associations

Winegrowers Association of Georgia
P.O. Box 808
Helen, GA
(706) 878-9463
http://www.georgiawine.com/georgia-wineries

Information about the vineyards and wineries in the state and special events

Government Agencies

Georgia Department of Agriculture
19 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr., S.W.
Atlanta, GA
800-282-5852
http://www.agr.georgia.gov/

Contains a licensing division 

Georgia Department of Economic Development
75 Fifth Street, N.W., Suite 1200
Atlanta, GA
404-962-4820
memcclanahan@georgia.org
http://www.georgia.org

Include tax incentives, workforce training, starting and growing small businesses, expanding or relocating businesses to Georgia.  Also information on Business Incubators, Research Centers, and state level loan programs

Hawaii

Government Agencies

Hawaii Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Development Division
1428 South King Street
Honolulu, 96814-2512, HI
808-973-9595
hdoa.md@hawaii.gov
http://archive.jan2013.hawaii.gov/hdoa/add

ADD serves to promote the economic viability of commercial agriculture in Hawaii by sponsoring joint marketing programs for agricultural products with high revenue growth potentials; facilitating the development and expansion of marketing opportunities for targeted agricultural and processed products; and providing timely, accurate and useful statistics.

Idaho

State Extension

Parma Research and Extension Center
29603 U of I Lane
Parma, ID, 83660-6699
208-722-6701
miket@uidaho.edu
http://extension.uidaho.edu/parma/

Mike Thornton, Superintendent 

Research and extension programs focus on production, storage and related problems of vegetable, forages, cereals, hop, mint, fruit and seed crops.

Industry Associations

Idaho Wine Commission
821 W State Street
Boise, ID, 83702
821 W State Street Boise Idaho 83702 (208) 332-1538
info@idahowines.org
http://wine.idaho.gov/

Promoting Idaho Wineries. Moya Dolsby, Executive Director 
Telephone: 208.455.8354 

The Grape and Wine Promotion, Education and Research Grant Program

Objective of the Program is to promote the development of markets for Idaho grapes and grape by-products, provide research concerning grapes and grape by-products, and encourage the education of individuals, organizations, and the community concerning the production of grapes and grape byproducts in Idaho.  Individuals, organizations, and educational entities may submit applications

for funding from the Program.  Eligible costs for the use of Program funds are limited to: Tuition and fees for education or training; Acquisition of supplies, materials, and equipment for promotion, research, education, or training activities; Speaking fees or honoraria for promotion, education, or training activities; Fees for use of a facility or equipment necessary to conduct research, promotion, education, or training activities; Advertising and printing costs directly related to promotion, research, education, or training activities; and Matching funds for other state, federal, or foundation grants satisfying the objectives of the Program. 

Government Agencies

Idaho Grape Growers & Wine Producers Commission
821 W. State St.
Boise, 83702, ID
208-332-1538
info@idahowines.org
http://www.idahowines.org/

Primary goal is to market and promote all the Idaho wineries and growers.  They conduct special events and distributed a newsletter.

Business Development Centers

Idaho Small Business Development Centers
1910 W. University Drive
Biose, ID, 83725-1655
208-426-3838
ksewell@boisestate.edu
http://www.idahosbdc.org/

Katie Sewell, State Director

The Idaho Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a statewide, university-based organization which has been helping small businesses succeed since 1986. Everyday, experienced  Idaho SBDC consultants meet with clients, just like you, to provide guidance in developing and growing a successful business.  Statistics show that our clients outperform their peers typically achieving 5 times the sales growth than the average Idaho small business.  Services include regional training, e-training, consulting to enable development and expansion of small businesses.  

Illinois

Industry Associations

Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association (IGGVA)
1110 N. Jackson St.
Pittsfield,, IL, 62363
217-473-6845
http://www.illinoiswine.org/wordpress/

The IGGVA is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing the viticulture and enology interests of Illinois through information exchange and cooperation among Illinois grape producers and vintners. Members include commercial wineries and vineyard owners and operators, affiliated businesses, academic professionals, students and others personally or professionally interested in the growth of the Illinois grape and wine industry.

Point of Contact:  Bill McCartney, Executive Director 

Indiana

Government Agencies

Indiana Grape and Wine Council
745 Agriculture Mall Drive
West Lafayette, 47907, IN
800-832-9463
jkmerritt@purdue.edu
http://www.indianawines.org/

The Indiana Wine Grape Council, established in 1989 by the Indiana General Assembly, seeks to enhance economic development in the state by establishing a successful wine grape industry through research and marketing development.  The council is funded through the excise tax added to wine purchases in the state of Indiana. Every gallon of wine sold in Indiana provides $0.05 for the Indiana Wine Grape Council to promote the wine and grape industry. The program provides extension specialists in grape growing, winemaking and marketing to assist commercial and amateur grape growers and winemakers. 

Point of Copntact:  Jeanette Merritt
Marketing Director

Iowa

State Extension

Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute
2312 Food Sciences Building
Ames, IA, 50011-1061
515-294-3308
tkmartin@iastate.edu
http://www.extension.iastate.edu/wine

The Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute was formed as a result of the state’s evolving grape & wine industry.  It exists within the state's extension service.  The principal contact person is Tammi Martin (tkmartin@iastate.edu).

Goals of the Institute include:

  • Conduct research to evaluate cold-hardy grape varieties that can thrive in the Midwest
  • Conduct enology (the science of wine & wine making) research
  • Develop a wine quality award program that will provide wine buyers a quality-assurance stamp of approval
  • Establish an outreach program to the industry by training a team of specialists
  • Partner with community colleges to develop job training programs specific to growing grapes and making wine

Industry Associations

Iowa Wine Growers Association
900 Des Moines Street
Des Moines, , IA, 50309
800-383-1682
emily@iowawinegrowers.org
http://iowawinegrowers.org/

IWGA purpose is to gather and provide information regarding viticulture (culture of grapes); to better the conditions of those engaged in viticulture and encourage sustainable viticulture practices; to improve the quality and marketability of grapes produced in Iowa through the use of education and research; to promote the Iowa wine industry and other value-added uses of grapes; to network and cooperate with related government agencies, educational institutions, development organizations and private industry to address these stated purposes; and to promote a healthy social and political environment conducive to grape growing and wine making.

Iowa Winegrowers Association
900 Des Moines Street
Des Moines, IA, 50309
1-800-383-1682 515-262-8960
joano@agribiz.org
http://iowawinegrowers.org

The Iowa Wine Growers Association organizes the state's annual industry conference held in March and participates in other statewide events such as the state fair.  The main contact person is Joan O'Brien (joano@agribiz.org) and the organization's marketing person in Emily Saveraid (emily@iowawinegrowers.org).

The stated purpose of the Iowa Wine Growers Association is to gather and provide information regarding viticulture (culture of grapes), to better the conditions of those engaged in viticulture and encourage sustainable viticulture practices, to improve the quality and marketability of grapes produced in Iowa through the use of education and research, to promote the Iowa wine industry and other value-added uses of grapes, to network and cooperate with related government agencies, educational institutions, development organizations and private industry to address these stated purposes, and to promote a healthy social and political environment conducive to grape growing and wine making.

Western Iowa Grape Growers Association
, IA
dcgrave@yahoo.com
http://weigga.org

The Western Iowa Grape Growers Association goal is to learn and share regional knowledge and skills in the areas of viticulture and enology. The association was formed in October 2000 to offer learning and training activities that range from the classroom to onsite workshops and tours of members vineyards.

The president of the associationis Doug Grave (dcgrave@yahoo.com). Other officials may be contacted though the association's website. 

Kansas

Industry Associations

Kansas Grape Growers and Winemakers Association
KGGWA c/o Pam Rowe, Treasurer
11255 Leavenworth Rd.
Kansas City, KS, 66109
913-721-5577
sierravistavineyard@gmail.com
http://kansasgrapesandwines.com/

The Kansas Grape Growers and Winemakers Association welcomes you to the wonderful world of Kansas wines and grapes. Our goal at the KGGWA is to better the Kansas wine industry by providing a resource for useful information on everything from the location of Kansas wineries to tips and links about starting your own vineyard. Membership is open to anyone, so if you have any interest in wine, winemaking, or grape growing, please consider joining the KGGWA.

Government Agencies

Kansas Department of Revenue - Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC)
915 SW Harrison St
Docking Building
Topeka, KS, 66612
785-368-8222
Peggy.frye@kdor.ks.gov
http://www.ksrevenue.org/abc.html

Welcome to the Kansas Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s website. The ABC Division is the state’s regulatory authority for enforcing Kansas liquor laws through the issue of state licenses and permits, monitoring product flow, conducting compliance reviews of licensed premises and enforcing restrictions on underage access to alcoholic beverages and a variety of other statutory violations.

Kansas Department of Agriculture
Manhattan, KS, 66502
(785) 296-3556
http://agriculture.ks.gov/home

The Kansas Department of Agriculture is the nation's first state department of agriculture. The agency is devoted to the total support  of agriculture in Kansas. The department works for the entire Kansas agriculture sector, including farmers, ranchers, food establishments and agribusinesses. The department is dedicated to providing support and assistance to make Kansas businesses successful and encouraging more farms, ranches and other agriculture business to expand in or relocate to Kansas.

National Agriculture Statistics Service - Kansas Grape and Wine Information (2010)
, KS
http://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Kansas/Publications/Economics_and_Misc/Winery/index.asp

Includes information on the grape and wine industry in Kansas.

Education Programs

Highland Community College Viticulture & Enology Program
500 Miller Dr
Wamego, KS, 66547
785-456-6006
skohl@highlandcc.edu
http://www.highlandcc.edu/pages/grapes

Led by Scott Kohl and Dominic Martin, HCC's viticulture and enology program offers courses, workshops, and industry support. We are on facebook at www.facebook.com/hccve, and our blog is www.hccve.org.

Business Development Centers

From the Land of Kansas
Manhattan, KS, 66502
785.296.6080
http://fromthelandofkansas.com/

The From the Land of KansasTM trademark program's goal is to help businesses that grow, produce, process or manufacture products in Kansas. In addition, the program works with and supports restaurants using Kansas products and retailers selling Kansas products and ingredients.

This trademark program helps members promote their Kansas products and provides members with a variety of business development tips and opportunities including marketing assistance. In addition, the state trademark provides a consistent way to identify Kansas agriculture-based products.

Kentucky

Industry Associations

Northern Kentucky Vintners and Grape Growers Association (NKVGGA)
3500 Alexandria Pike
Highland Heights 41076 , KY
859-572-2600
info@nkvgga.org
www.nkvgga.org

Our purpose at NKVGGA is to unite vintners and grape growers in Northern Kentucky in an association for the benefit of all its members; to promote in Northern Kentucky growth and support of the grape growing and winemaking industries, and the production of the finest grapes and high quality wine; to represent in legislative and political matters the interests of Northern Kentucky vintners and grape growers; to assist in recommendations, provide encouragement and participate in research related to viticulture and ecological issues; to disseminate current information and provide a forum for viticulture and winemaking practices; to further education and interest in future commercial members through Allied, Associate, and Student members; and to analyze and develop current marketing information for the use of the members.

Louisiana

Industry Associations

Louisiana Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association
, LA
https://www.facebook.com/LAFVGA

Louisiana Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association helps members increase their knowledge of producing fruit and vegetable crops and promotes the buying of Louisiana grown produce to the general public.

Maine

State Extension

University of Maine – Cooperative Extension Service
Cooperative Extension at Highmoor Farm 52 U.S. Route 202
Monmouth, ME
207-933-2100
david.handley@maine.edu
http://umaine.edu/highmoor/research/growing-grapes-in-maine/

Small Fruits Program staff develop and deliver research-based information on the production of small fruit crops including strawberries, raspberries, and grapes through publications, workshops, meetings, farm visits, correspondence, and telephone consultations. The program emphasizes integrated pest management strategies, including coordination of an integrated pest management program for commercially grown strawberries; appropriate variety selection; optimum production techniques; and marketing.  

David Handley is the vegetable and small-fruit specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Monmouth, Maine

Industry Associations

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardners Association
PO Box 170, 294 Crosby Brook Road
Unity, ME
207-568-4142
mofga@mofga.org
http://mofga.org/

Includes farming, gardening and marketing assistance to growers in Maine and beyond. Assistance provided to organic growers, help new organic farmers get started and educate conventional farmers concerning the benefits of organic methods. Includes information on an Organic Farmers Loan Fund.

Maine Vineyard Makers
, ME
207-272-0679
tom@mainvines.com
http://mainevineyardmanagement.com/Maine_Vineyard_Makers/About_MVM.html

Provide assistance and education in developing commercial and home vineyards, starting up wineries, etc

Government Agencies

Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
State House Station
Augusta, ME
207-287-3200
dacf@maine.gov
http://www.maine.gov/dacf/about/contacts/index.shtml

Provides information and assistance on licensing, regulations, integrated pest management, etc.

Maryland

Industry Associations

Maryland Wineries Association (MWA)
1940 Greenspring Drive Suite E
Timonium, 21093, MD
410-252-9463
kevin@marylandwine.com
http://www.marylandwine.com/

MWA is a non-profit 501(c)6 trade organization representing Maryland's commercial wineries.  The MWA mission is to develop and expand the grape and wine industry in Maryland – through education and promotion.
The general objectives of the Association, to which its members are joined together and mutually pledge, shall be to broaden the market for Maryland wine through: encouraging the production of high-quality grapes and wine in Maryland; increasing public recognition of the Maryland wine industry; establishing and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships with local, State and Federal governmental agencies and industry groups; providing a forum for the exchange of ideas to the mutual benefit of all members;and providing a forum for contracts and collective event planning.

Point of Contact:  Kevin Atticks - Executive Director

Massachusetts

Industry Associations

Massachusetts Farm Wineries and Growers Association
, MA
http://www.masswinery.com/

Web Site under development

Michigan

Government Agencies

Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council
PO Box 30017
Lansing, , MI, 48909
517-284-5733
http://www.michiganwines.com/#sthash.x2U1ktoe.dpbs

The Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council has been established within the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development to provide for research, education and the promotion of the Michigan wine grape and wine industry, to stimulate economic development through value-added, sustainable agriculture. (January 2013) The Council is funded through non-retail liquor license fees, and employs two full-time and one part-time staff, based at the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development offices in Lansing. Priorities of the Council are encouraging growth of the industry, promotion of Michigan wines, funding research to support wine grape growing in Michigan, and sponsoring training opportunities for industry development. - See more at: http://www.michiganwines.com/about-council#sthash.1ENfnbMK.dpuf

Minnesota

Industry Associations

Minnesota Grape Growers Association (MGGA)
433 West 3rd St., Ste. 1
Red Wing, , MN, 55066
651-764-5599
http://www.mngrapes.org/

MGGA was formed in 1976 to heighten public awareness of the Minnesota grape and wine industry, advance legislative support of the grape and wine industry and advance quality standards in the production of Minnesota grown grapes and wines. Conducts that Annual Cold Climate Conference and publishes a newsletter.

Mississippi

Industry Associations

Mississippi Valley Grape Growers Association
, MS
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mississippi-Valley-Grape-Growers-Association/129636297065939

The MVGGA is an association of grape growers and wine makers though the midwest. We come together to share information and good wine!

Government Agencies

Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce
121 North Jefferson Street
Jackson, MS, 39201
601-359-1100
WebMaster@mdac.ms.gov
http://www.mdac.state.ms.us/

The mission of the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce is to regulate and promote agricultural-related businesses within the state and to promote Mississippi's products throughout both the state and the rest of the world for the benefit of all Mississippi citizens.

Missouri

Industry Associations

Missouri Wine and Grape Board
PO Box 630
Jefferson City, MO
(800) 392-9463
http://missouriwine.org/#welcome

The Missouri Wine and Grape Board (MWGB) is funded by a twelve cents-per-gallon tax on wine sales. We coordinate our marketing and public relations activities with wholesalers, restaurant operators, retailers, and the public. Our goals are to strengthen interest in, and patronage of, our state’s grape, grape juice, and wine industry. We also underwrite the Grape and Wine Institute in its work with winemakers and grape growers developing grape varieties suitable for Missouri.

Missouri Grape Growers Association
16905 Jowler Creek Rd.
Platte City, MO
816-935-9458
Jason@jowlercreek.com
http://www.missourigrapegrowers.org/

The MGGA is a non-profit agricultural organization dedicated to uniting growers and providing an open forum to exchange ideas. The purpose of the Missouri Grape Growers Association is to 1) educate and share information developed from new research; 2) recommend and encourage research to solve  viticulture problems; 3) promote Midwest grape varieties; 4) advocate on behalf of the grape and wine industry; and 5) bring value to members through strategic partnerships and communication forums. 

Missouri Vintners Association
P.O. Box 118
Rocheport, MO
800-690-1830
Coryb@missouriwine.com
http://www.missourivintners.org/

MVA is made up of winery owners from throughout the state of Missouri.  We work with professional lobbyists in Jefferson City to stay abreast and quickly address legislative issues facing commercial Missouri wineries.  We regularly communicate the needs of commercial Missouri wineries to the Missouri Wine and Grape Board and our organization is a state association member of Wine America.

Missouri Wine Technical Group
Adam Puchta Winery c /o Amanda Harris 1947 Frene Creek Rd.
Hermann, MO
http://missouriwine.org/about/missouri-wine-and-technical-group-2/

An organization with the intention of improving our own wines, along with wine in the Midwest. This is an industry-driven initiative to provide an opportunity for producers to share information in a closed and formal, blind tasting environment with other winemakers from around the state of Missouri and the Midwest. These workshops are open to members only with the exception of the Midwest Grape and Wine Conference workshop which is open to all conference attendees.

Government Agencies

Missouri Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 630
Jefferson City, MO
573-751-4762
abd@mda.mo.gov
mda.mo.gov/abd/financial/

Missouri Department of Agriculture provides grants and loans and tax credits for farmers and producers.  These include, but are not limited to, the Missouri Value-Added Grant Program- Grants for projects that add value to Missouri agricultural products and aid the economy of a rural community.  Specialty Crop Block Grant Program- Grant projects "solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops". Specialty crops are defined by the USDA as fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, maple syrup, honey, horticulture and nursery crops (including floriculture).   Agribusiness Revolving Loan Fund- Offers financing to value-added agriculture enterprises, agriculture support businesses, marketers or retailers of agricultural products, and businesses with emerging agricultural technology. This funding is provided, in part, by the USDA Rural Development’s Intermediary Relending Program.   Alternative Loan Program– Direct loans to finance the production, processing and marketing needs of an alternative agricultural enterprise.   Beginning Farmer Loan Program– A program that enables lenders to receive federally tax-exempt interest on loans made to beginning farmers.

Missouri Department of Economic Development - Wine and Grape Tax Credit
301 West High Street, Room 770 P.O. Box 118
Jefferson City, MO
573-751-9048
dedfin@ded.mo.gov
www.ded.mo.gov/BCS%20Programs/BCSProgramDetails.aspx?BCSProgramID=84

Purpose to assist vineyards and wine producers with the purchase of new equipment and materials by granting a tax credit for a portion of the purchase price.  The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED), will issue a state tax credit to an individual, partnership or corporation in an amount equal to 25% of the purchase price of new equipment and materials used directly in the growing of grapes or the production of wine in Missouri.

Montana

State Extension

Montana State University - Extension Service
P.O. Box 172230
Bozeman, 59717-223, MT
406-994-1750
msuextension@montana.edu
http://extn.msu.montana.edu/

MSU Extension improves the lives of Montana citizens by providing unbiased research-based education and information that integrates learning, discovery and engagement to strengthen the social, economic and environmental well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

Government Agencies

Montana Department of Agriculture
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601, MT
406-444-3144
agr@mt.gov
http://agr.mt.gov/agr/Consumer/Agritourism/Breweries/Winery/

Tare grape varietals well-suited for Montana's northern climate and innovative vinters are constantly developing new hybrids and techniques for growing grapes in Big Sky Country. Currently, the bulk of grapes used in Montana wines are grown in other western states. Unique wines are also created using Montana's famous Flathead cherries, wild huckleberries, tart chokecherries, honey, and even dandelions.

Nebraska

Industry Associations

Nebraska Winery and Grape Growers Association (NWGGA)
P.O Box 82081
Lincoln, 68501-2081, NE
http://www.nebraskawines.com/

As the association that exclusively represents the Nebraska wine and grape industry, the NWGGA is leading the industry toward economic viability and sustainability.

Our mission is to promote and develop the Nebraska wine and grape industry, its members’ interests and activities; promote industry excellence and quality assurance thereby enhancing the market ability of the industry and its products; promote education, internally for its members and externally for the greater community;, and  to do so in the spirit of cooperation and continuous improvement.

Point of Contact:  Jennifer K. Montgomery, Executive Director

Nevada

Industry Associations

Nevada Vines and Wines
, NV
http://www.nvandw.com/NVWHome_Page.html

The purpose of Nevada Vines & Wines is to promote the growth and development of
a wine industry, both viticulture (vineyards) and enology (winemaking), in the state of
Nevada. In order to fulfill this objective, Nevada Vines & Wines will:
Educate and familiarize groups, agencies, individuals and businesses on vineyard
success in Nevada through, tastings, publications and speeches,
Provide current and projected economics for individual vineyards, wineries and
for the state of Nevada,
Provide budgetary estimates and bills of materials for proposed vineyards,
Consult on viticulture and winemaking best practices including vineyard layout,
planting, trellis systems, vegetation management, disease and pest control,
watering and fertilization, and winter preparation,
Identify and cultivate selected cultivars unique to Nevada growing conditions and
produce scions for commercial vineyards,
Develop accounting guidelines,
Develop and maintain maintenance and operation sources,
Develop and maintain contacts with financiers and distributors, and
Operate cooperative ventures in both vineyards and winemaking.
Nevada Vines & Wines operates as a non profit cooperative and will finance its work
through charitable donations, grants and cooperative sales, training, winemaking and
consulting activities.

Government Agencies

Nevada Department of Agriculture
405 South 21st Street
Sparks , NV, 89431
775-353-3601
rafferty@agri.nv.gov
http://agri.nv.gov/

The Nevada Department of Agriculture was established in 1915 by Chapter 561, Nevada Revised Statutes.
The Mission of the Department is to benefit the welfare of all persons residing in the state by encouraging the advancement and protection of Nevada's agriculture and related industries.

State of Nevada Department of Taxation
1550 College Parkway
Suite 115
Carson, NV, 89706
775-684-2000
http://tax.nv.gov/

Provide Fair, Efficient and Effective Administration of Tax Programs for the State of Nevada in accordance with applicable statutes, regulations and policies. Serve the Taxpayers, State and Local Government Entities; and enable and recognize Department employees.

New Hampshire

Industry Associations

New Hampshire Winery Association
65 Jewell Street
S. Hampton, NH, 03827
(603) 394-0600
info@nhwineryassociation.com
http://nhwineryassociation.com/

The mission of the NHWA includes providing a formal structure for a statewide Association of winemakers and associated grape and fruit growers in New Hampshire; promoting the production of premium New Hampshire made wine, cider, and mead; representing the interests of New Hampshire winemakers and grape growers in legislative and political matters; providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information; developing educational programs to improve winemaking and viticulture; creating and marketing a wine-trail; seeking financial support from all available sources to support NHWA programs and services; encouraging UNH and other educational institutions to support the wine industry with expertise, faculty, and research; and assisting in the development of programs and curricula to educate future winemakers and viticulturists.

New Hampshire Winery Association
65 Jewell Street
S. Hampton, NH, 03827
603-394-0600
info@nhwineryassociation.com
http://www.nhwineryassociation.com/

The New Hampshire Winery Association (NHWA) is a collective group of wine, cider, mead, and fruit wine growers, producers, and academics devoted to the New Hampshire Wine Industry.

Government Agencies

New Hampshire Department of Agriculture
25 Capitol St, 2nd Floor
Concord, NH, 03302
603-271-3551
http://www.agriculture.nh.gov/

The mission of the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food is to promote agriculture in the public interest and to serve farmers and consumers in the marketplace. The department assures safe and healthy food supplies, provides accurate information on prices and availability of farm commodities and crops and develops markets for the state's farmers.

New Hampshire State Liquor Commission
Storrs Street
PO BOX 503
Concord, NH, 03302
603-271-3134
http://www.nh.gov/liquor/enforcement/

The Division of Enforcement is committed to the public safety of all New Hampshire Citizens. We pledge to enforce the laws of the State of New Hampshire in a fair and uniform manner. We pledge to work towards the elimination of underage drinking thereby reducing the problems associated with underage consumption. We pledge to reduce the incidents of drinking and driving. We pledge to provide the citizens of our state with prompt and courteous service

New Jersey

State Extension

New Jersey Agricultural Extension Service
88 Lipman Drive
New Brunswick, 08901-8525, NJ
http://njaes.rutgers.edu/

Gary Pavlis, Ph.D., County Agricultural Agent, Small Fruit
 Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension of Atlantic County
 6260 Old Harding Highway
 Mays Landing, NJ  08330-1533
 Phone: (609) 625-0056
pavlis@njaes.rutgers.edu

The NJ Agricultural Experiment Station is the research and outreach arm of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Rutgers Cooperative Extension agents and specialists deliver wide-ranging educational programs in the areas of agriculture, fisheries, urban and community outreach, youth development, food, nutrition and health, and related areas of economic and workforce development across New Jersey.
 Jerome Frecon,
 County Agricultural Agent
 Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension of Gloucester County
 County Government Services
 Building 1200 N. Delsea Dr.
 Clayton, NJ 08312-1095
 Phone: (856) 307-6450 

Research Organizations

Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experimental Station (NJAES)
88 Lipman Drive ·
New Brunswick, 08901-8525, NJ
848-932-3777
http://njaes.rutgers.edu/research/

Research focuses on innovative approaches to applying the land-grant model in support of the highly developed agricultural and food system, environment, and citizens of New Jersey.

Industry Associations

Garden State Wine Growers Association (GSWGA)
P.O. Box 386 Cream Ridge, NJ 08514
Cream Ridge, 08514 , NJ
609-588-0085
wineinfo@newjerseywines.com
http://www.newjerseywines.com/

The Garden State Wine Growers Association is a nonprofit membership organization aimed at supporting and promoting the New Jersey wine industry.  New Jersey, like Italy and France, instituted a quality wine alliance program in 1999. The program, called QWA for short, insures that all wines sold to consumers meet set quality standards. New Jersey wines must pass a rigorous review process before they earn the coveted QWA designation. 

Business Assistance Organizations

Rutgers University NJ Wine Grape Resource Center
, NJ
http://njvines.rutgers.edu/

Services include information on grape growing in NJ, grape growing suitability maps, and GIS information on climatology, soils and land use which can overlay the suitability maps.  The Center also provides resources on grape production and pest management.

New Mexico

State Extension

Government Agencies

New Mexico Department of Agriculture
3190 S. Espina Avenue
Las Cruces, NM, 88003
575-646-3007
jwitte@nmda.nmsu.edu
http://www.nmda.nmsu.edu/

Marketing and Development is responsible for a wide range of duties, including:  David Lucero is the Division Director

  • State, national, and international market development and expansion for New Mexico agricultural products including processed foods, fiber, wine, produce, nuts, livestock, and nursery products;
  • Coordinating commodity promotions;
  • Specialty crop development;
  • Quality inspections for produce;
  • Market news;
  • Agricultural statistics;
  • Licensing of produce brokers and packers; and
  • Organic certification for farmers, ranchers, and processors/handlers.

New York

Industry Associations

New York State Wine Grape Growers
PO Box 364
Keuka Park, , NY, 14478
ddtones@yahoo.com
http://newyorkstatewinegrapegrowers.org/

 NYSWGG is a trade organization that provides growers assistance in understanding issues, labor laws, environmental policies, winery regulations, local, state and federal taxation that affect the grape growing business. 

Point of Contact: Don Tones, President

North Dakota

Industry Associations

North Dakota Grape and Wine Association (NDGWA)
c/o Harlene Hatterman-Valenti
P.O. Box 6050 Dept. 7670
Fargo, ND, 58108-6050
http://www.ndgwa.org/

Conducts conferences and a wine competition

Ohio

State Extension

The Ohio State University Viticulture and Enology Extension Program
1680 Madison Avenue 
Wooster, OH
330-263-3644
scurlock.2@osu.edu
http://www.oardc.ohio-state.edu/grapeweb/pageview.asp?id=558

The OSU Viticulture and Enology Extension Program provides research and extension relevant to grape growers and winemakers in Ohio.

Innovation and Incubators

PAIRINGS Ohio's Wine & Culinary Experience
50 Park St.
Geneva, OH, 44041
440-361-2222
http://www.pairingsohio.com/

Windows on Pairings is a dedicated, multi-use facility that is located on the campus of the future home of Pairings, Ohio's Wine and Culinary Experience. This initial building can be renovated, opened and operational very quickly. It will be a launch pad for wine tourism and is designed to offer key elements of the larger Pairings vision, such as educational , agricultural, wine and culinary pursuits.

Industry Associations

Ohio Wine Producers Association (OWPA)
33 Tegam Way
Geneva, OH, 44041
800-227-6972
http://www.ohiowines.org/info_pack.shtml

The OWPA welcomes you to join our Winery, Friends, Business, or Growers Members organizations. It has worked with dozens of wineries in various stages of development, assisting with advice, recommendations for professional assistance, general marketing suggestions and practical hints to avoid some pitfalls others have experienced. 

Oklahoma

Industry Associations

Oklahoma Grape Growers and Wine Makers Association (OGGWMA)
P.O. 1252,
El Reno, , OK, 73036
info@oklahomawines.org
http://oggawma.cloverpad.org/

The purpose of the OGGWMA is to promote the production and appreciation of premium grapes and fine wines from Oklahoma, and to represent a unified state industry with common marketing, governmental, and educational goals.  The organization is an association of grape growers and wine producers and any other persons specifically interested in furthering the purpose of the OGGWMA.

Point of Cointact:  Andrew Snyder

Oregon

Research Organizations

Oregon Wine Research Institute
4017 Agriculture and Life Sciences Building
Oregon State University
Corvallis, , OR, 97331-7304
(541) 737-3620
danielle.gabriel@oregonstate.edu
http://owri.oregonstate.edu/

OWRI is a collaboration between Oregon State University and the Oregon wine industry dedicated to strengthening and disseminating research efforts that support Oregon grapes and wine.  OWRI's three main areas of focus:  Viticulture, Enology and Business.  The Viticulture Research Program is an interdisciplinary, collaborative effort at Oregon State University, involving faculty from Horticulture, Crop and Soil Science, Botany and Plant Pathology, Food Science and Technology, and Agriculture Economics and researchers at USDA-ARS.  Topics of interest include integrated pest management, production science and specific pests.  The Enology Research Program works on issues related to yeast, bacteria, pomace in the winemaking process and works to improve the sensory experience of Oregon wine.  Topics of interest include packaging and osure, sustainability in the winery, and wine composition and quality.  Comprehensive list of OSU extension publications can be found at comprehensive http://extension.oregonstate.edu/catalog/.  Danielle Gabriel is the Outreach and Communication Manager.

Industry Associations

Oregon Winegrowers Association
Oregon Wine Center
4640 SW Macadam Avenue, Suite 240
Portland, OR, 97239
(503) 228-8336
info@oregonwine.org
http://www.oregonwinegrowers.org/

OWA is a voluntary membership-based organization that provides legislative and regulatory advocacy and lobbying for the Oregon wine grape and wine industry. The OWA provides a unified voice on key industry issues before state and federal government agencies, legislative bodies and related associations. Resources available through the web site include federal and state regulatory issues, education programs, employment information, wine and wingrape grower organizations, and Oregon regional wine industry organizations.  

Government Agencies

Oregon Wine Board
Oregon Wine Center
4640 SW Macadam Avenue, Suite 240
Portland, OR, 97239
(503) 228-8336
info@oregonwine.org
http://www.oregonwine.org/about-oregon-wine-board.aspx

The Oregon Wine Board is a semi-independent Oregon state agency managing marketing, research and education initiatives that support and advance the Oregon wine and wine grape industry. The Board works on behalf of all Oregon wineries and independent growers throughout the state's diverse winegrowing regions. The Oregon wine grape and wine industry contributes more than $2.7 billion in economic activity each year, including more than 13,518 wine-related jobs and $382 million in wages. Tom Danowski is the Executive Director. 

Business Assistance Organizations

Oregon Small Business Development Center Network
1445 Willamette Street, Suite 5
Eugene, OR, 97401
(541) 463-5250
Support@bizcenter.org
http://www.bizcenter.org/

The Oregon Small Business Development Center Network (OSBDCN) provides advising, training, online courses and resources for businesses throughout our state. There are 19 conveniently-located centers to assist business people in every aspect of business development and management.  These centers deliver services to anyone who owns or operates a business or is planning to start a business. We work with businesses in every industry and at every stage of growth from start-ups to well-established companies, from one employee to 500. In addition to no-cost confidential advising, the OSBDCN offers training and online courses that cover a wide range of business topics.  Michael Lainoff is the CEO.

Pennsylvania

Industry Associations

Pennsylvania Winery Association (PWA)
411 Walnut Street
Harrisburg, PA, 17101
717-234-1844
http://www.pennsylvaniawine.com/

PWA supports the Pennsylvania wine industry through special events including wine competitions, news and other resources.

Rhode Island

Government Agencies

State of Rhode Island Divsion of Agriculture
, RI
222-6800
http://www.dem.ri.gov/programs/bnatres/agricult/index.htm

Consisting of six primary program areas, the Rhode Island Division of Agriculture works to sustain, promote and enhance Rhode Island's agricultural viability today and for generations to come.

South Carolina

Government Agencies

South Carolina Department of Agriculture
PO BOX 11280
Columbia, SC, 29211
803-734-2210
https://agriculture.sc.gov/

The South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA) is a state agency established by the South Carolina Legislature in 1879. The commissioner of agriculture, who is elected in the general election every four years, heads the agency. The current commissioner, Hugh Weathers, was elected in 2006.
The mission of the South Carolina Department of Agriculture is to promote and nurture the growth and development of South Carolina's agriculture industry and its related businesses while assuring the safety and security of the buying public.
Our shared vision is for the state economy to grow and prosper providing everyone, producers and consumers, opportunities to enjoy the fruits of agriculture.

South Carolina Department of Revenue and Taxation
301 Gervais St.
PO BOX 125
Columbia , SC, 29214
803-898-5864
http://www.sctax.org/Tax+Information/abl/default.htm

Welcome to the South Carolina Department of Revenue Alcohol Beverage Licensing (ABL) website. Here you will find the answers to most of your questions. You can access information about all license types, find answers to frequently asked questions, and obtain other useful information

South Dakota

Industry Associations

South Dakota Winegrowers Association
, SD
jabaumberger@hotmail.com
http://sdwinegrowers.com/

The SDWGA was created to promote the South Dakota Grape and Wine industry, and to provide a forum for members to network and exchange information. The current slate of officers are:

  • President: Bob Weyrich, Prairie Berry
  • Vice President: Dave Greenlee, Tuckers Walk
  • Sec/Treasurer: Julie Baumberger, Baumberger Vineyard 

Tennessee

State Extension

University of Tennessee - Viticulture Extension
2431 Joe Johnson Dr.
Knoxville, TN 37996-4561 , TN
865-974-7324
lockwood@utk.edu
http://plantsciences.utk.edu/lockwood.htm

Dr. Dave Lockwood is in charge of educational programs involving tree fruits, tree nuts, small fruits (except strawberries) and fruit tree nurseries. Included in this effort are publication development, newsletters, meetings, mass media, personal communication and personal visits. He serves as the Extension Fruit and Nut Crops Specialist and is a resource person for the county Extension staffs.

Industry Associations

Tennessee Farm Winegrowers Alliance (TFWA)
, TN
http://tennesseewines.com/index.htm

TFWA represents our member wineries and vineyards.   We support and encourage the production of commercial wines and grapes within the state as viable agricultural industries within Tennessee. TFWA works closely with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Market Development Division to promote our wines as well as other Tennessee agricultural products.

President:  Phillip Don Collier
Mountain Valley Winery
E-mail: collierdevelopment@hotmail.com

Jason McConkey, TFWA Treasurer
P.O. Box 738
Englewood, TN 3732

jmcconkey@athensins.com or phone (423) 829-5787.

Tennessee Viticultural and Oenological Society
, TN
http://www.tvos.org/

TVOS is a group of private citizens who have come together with the expressed purpose of (1) conducting and promoting the study of the art and science of grape growing (viticulture) and winemaking (oenology); (2) disseminating information concerning these subjects to interested parties and (3) fostering conditions which will encourage grape growing and the wine industry in the state of Tennessee.  TVOS provides members with a newsletter and they conduct an annual conference.

Government Agencies

Tennessee Department of Agriculture
Market Development Division P.O. Box 40627
Nashville, 37204 , TN
615-837-5347
Tammy.Algood@TN.gov
http://www.tn.gov/agriculture/marketing/viticulture.shtml

The climate, soils and location make grapes a viable alternative crop for many TN farmers. Contact us to learn more about how the TN Department of Agriculture can help you in planning, developing and marketing your vineyard.The TN Viticulture Advisory Board advises the TN Department of Agriculture on matters pertaining to grape growing and wine production in Tennessee. 

Point of Contact:  Tammy Algood, Vegetable and Viticulture Marketing Specialist

Texas

State Extension

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Agriculture and Life Sciences Building
600 John Kimbrough Blvd, Suite 509
College Station, TX, 77843-7101
979-845-7800
help@agrilife.org
http://agrilifeextension.tamu.edu

Working hand-in-hand with its Texas A&M System partners, the state legislature, and the communities it serves, the mission of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to serve Texans through community-based education has remained unchanged for almost a century.

Industry Associations

Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association (TWGGA)
624 South Dooley Street
Grapevine,, TX, 76051
817-421-3201
office@twgga.org
http://www.txwines.org/

The TWGGA is a trade association that has a mission to promote the production and appreciation of premium grapes and fine wines from Texas, and to represent a unified state industry with common marketing, governmental and educational goals.

Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association
624 South Dooley Street
Grapevine, TX, 76051
817-421-3201
office@twgga.org
http://www.txwines.org/

The mission of the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association, Inc. is to promote the production and appreciation of premium grapes and fine wines from Texas, and to represent a unified state industry with common marketing, governmental and educational goals.

Utah

State Extension

Utah Berry Growers Association
, UT
385-468-4824
lori.johnson@usu.edu
http://extension.usu.edu/productionhort/htm/societies/ubga

The Utah Berry Growers Association is an organization of growers, Extension professionals, and representatives from affiliated industries.  The association hosts an annual winter meeting and a summer farm tour, and distributes a quarterly newsletter. 

Government Agencies

Utah Department of Agriculture
350 N Redwood Road
PO BOX 146500
Salt Lake City, UT, 84114
801-538-7100
agriculture@utah.gov
http://ag.utah.gov/

Created in 1921, the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is one of the State's oldest agencies. It oversees dozens of legislatively mandated programs that promote the healthy growth of Utah agriculture, the conservation of our natural resources and the protection of our food supply. Two important programs are the Utah Grazing Improvement Program and the Invasive Weeds Mitigation Program. Both work to improve the health of our rangelands and watersheds.

In the area of food safety, the Department inspects the state’s 4,000 retail stores and the many food processing plants for food quality and safety and correct item pricing.

The Department’s Utah’s Own Program works to reconnect consumers with their food supply and promotes the benefits of Utah’s locally grown and processed foods which represent 14 percent of Utah’s economy. The Department also protects animal health

Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
1625 South 900 West
Salt Lake City, UT, 84130
801-977-6800
http://www.alcbev.state.ut.us/

Origin and Purpose

The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has been in existence since 1935. In that year, the Utah State Legislature created the department by statute and charged it with the responsibility of conducting, licensing and regulating the sale of alcoholic beverages in a manner and at prices which reasonably satisfy the public demand and protect the public interest, including the rights of citizens who do not wish to be involved with alcoholic beverages. The legislature also mandated that the department be operated as a public business using sound management principles and practices.

Two years earlier, the ratification of the Twenty First Amendment not only ended national prohibition, but it also gave individual states the right to choose their own system of controlling and distributing alcoholic beverages. The Utah legislature at that time believed that the state, rather than private enterprise, should control sales.

The purpose of control is to make liquor available to those adults who choose to drink responsibly - but not to promote the sale of liquor. By keeping liquor out of the private marketplace, no economic incentives are created to maximize sales, open more liquor stores or sell to underage persons. Instead, all policy incentives to promote moderation and to enforce existing liquor laws is enhanced.

Utah's system of controlling the sale of alcoholic beverages is not as unique as most people believe. There are eighteen states and one county in Maryland which control the sale of alcoholic beverages at either the wholesale or retail level. These jurisdictions account for nearly 1/3 of the nation's population. These states share a common purpose - to promote moderation in the consumption of alcoholic beverages and to discourage excess and abuse.

Education Programs

The Wine Academy of Utah
, UT
801-486-9463
info@wineacademyofutah.com
https://wineacademyofutah.com/

Wine Education for the Business Professional

Vermont

Other

Vermont Wine Press
, VT
http://www.vtwinemedia.com/vt_wine_press

Vermont Wine Media's role includes exploring, promoting, and supporting
wine culture in The Green Mountain State.  They provide an events calendar, resource guide and a Vermont Wine Blog.

Industry Associations

Vermont Grape and Wine Council
, VT
http://www.vermontgrapeandwinecouncil.com/

The Vermont Grape and Wine Council is made up of vineyards and wineries all dedicated to providing our customers with high quality Vermont wines.  This site is intended to educate people on types of grapes and wines Vermont has to offer - from grape and fruit wines to mead and ice cider. The Council is a cooperative program committed to the development and promotion of the wine industry in Vermont.  The purposes of the council are to promote the wine industry in Vermont; to develop and grow the industry through education to existing and potential growers and winemakers, to the local market and to tourists; to develop a wine region with a high quality product; and to promote a regulatory climate to support our industry.  Our industry products are generally defined as grapes grown or produced in Vermont, or wine produced in the state from grapes, other fruits, or honey.

Virginia

Industry Associations

Virginia Vineyard Association (VVA)
P.O. Box 91
Dugspur, 24325, VA
276-728-5905
vavineyardassoc@gmail.com
http://www.virginiavineyardsassociation.com/

Members of the VVA include commercial growers, those who grow grapes as a hobby, and others who just want to learn more about viticulture.  Purposes of the VVA include:  Growth of commercial grape-growing as a major component of the Virginia agricultural sector.  Education and information sharing regarding the cultivation of all varieties of grapes, the improvement of cultivation practices, production of wine, and the improvement of winemaking practices.  Improving communication among grape growers, winemakers, and between growers and winemakers.  Promoting the use of Virginia grown grapes in the production of wine and other products.  Public recognition of wine and other products made from Virginia grown grapes.

Katie Meeks, VVA Business Manager

Washington

Industry Associations

Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers
Office: 203 Mission Ave., Ste 107,
Mailing: PO Box 716
Cashmere, , WA, 98815
509-782-8234
http://wawgg.org/

The WAWGG cultivates a positive business environment to grow the Washington wine industry. The vision of the Association is that by 2020 the Washington State wine industry triples its economic impact through improved profitability and sustainability for growers and wineries in the production of world-class wines.

Products include the Washington Guide to Sustainable Viticulture - an online interactive guide of business and viticulture topics; and the Washington Guide to Sustainable Winery Practices - an online interactive guide of business and winery management practices.

West Virginia

Government Agencies

West Virginia Department of Agriculture
1900 Kanawha Blvd East
State Capitol Room E-28
Charleston, WV, 25305
304-558-3550
http://www.wvagriculture.org/

Agriculture, like most industries, is constantly changing.

As an important contributor to the Mountain State, agriculture is more than the 20,000 family farms that can be found throughout West Virginia.

A recent quantitative study to determine the economic impact of the more than 400 agribusinesses statewide found that these success stories generated over $100 million in revenue last year. From honey to salsa, maple syrup to hot peppers, these diverse businesses not only benefit our economy, but also serve as ambassadors of the great things available in West Virginia.

But agriculture is also more than business development. Environmental programs continue to answer our critics with science. Our Water Quality Laboratory in Moorefield is leading the country by tracking the sources of contaminants through their DNA. By implementing voluntary programs, we are working with farmers to protect our water resources.

Another important facet of the West Virginia Department of Agriculture uses science to defend human, animal and plant health from the many dangers found in the United States and across the planet. We live in a fast-paced world that increases speed each day. Unfortunately, the threat of disease also increases with our progress. By bringing together a professional staff that combines the necessary experience and education to meet this challenge, our Department is ready to react to potential problems and maintain the healthy standards that our citizens have come to expect.

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture is more than farming. We work each day to accomplish the many priorities that face agriculture, economic development, public health and our environment. I accept these challenges as Commissioner of Agriculture and look forward to building on past successes while growing a better West Virginia that we leave to future generations.

West Virgina Alchol and Tabacco Control Commission
322 70th St. S>E>
Charleston, WV, 25304
304-558-2481
ronald.m.moats@wv.gov
http://www.abca.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx

The mission of the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration (WVABCA) is to license wholesalers and retailers, sell distilled spirits at wholesale, and to enforce the laws and regulations governing alcoholic beverages in the State of West Virgina.

Wisconsin

Innovation and Incubators

Government Agencies

US Small Business Administration - WI District Office
310 West Wisconsin Ave. Suite 580W
Milwaukee, WI, 53203
414-297-3941
http://www.sba.gov/about-offices-content/2/3158

Starting a Business

Are you thinking about starting a business of your own? Explore the topics below to learn the aspects of starting a business, plus find information you need to succeed.

  • Starting a business is an exciting proposition, but it’s also an incredibly challenging undertaking. The resources in this section will help you learn about what it takes to start a business.
  • A business plan is an essential roadmap for business success. This living document generally projects 3-5 years ahead and outlines the route a company intends to take to grow revenues.
  • The business structure you choose will have legal and tax implications. Learn about the different types of business structures and find the one best suited for your business.
  • Choosing and registering your business name is a key step to legally operating your business and potentially obtaining financial aid from the government.
  • To run your business legally, there are certain federal and state licenses and permits you will need to obtain. These resources will help you understand the requirements for your small business.
  • As a small business owner, you are subject to some of the laws and regulations that apply to large corporations. These resources can help you understand which requirements do apply to your business.
  • Improve your odds of business success by understanding your financing needs as well as the options that are available to help you start, manage and grow your business.
  • You have a variety of options when it comes to financing your small business. Explore your opportunities that range from traditional loans to grants and bonds.
  • Find out if your business needs to obtain a tax ID and what the benefits and requirements are.
  • These resources can help ensure your small business is compliant with leasing terms and zoning ordinances. It also provides information about buying or leasing equipment or buying government surplus.
  • Ready to hire employees for your business? Learn about employment and labor laws to make sure your business is in compliance.

Business Development Centers

NWTC Entrepreneur Resource Center
PO Box 19042
Green Bay, WI, 54307-9042
920-498-5627 or 1-800-422-6982 x7124
karen.widmar@nwtc.edu
http://www.nwtc.edu/academics/training_and_cont_ed/entrepreneurship/Pages/Home.aspx

What can you do at the Entrepreneur Resource Center? 

Door County Business Development Center
185 East Walnut St.
Sturgeon Bay, WI, 54235
920-743-3113 x202
paula@doorcountybusiness.com
http://www.doorcountybusiness.com/business-assistance/business-development-center/

Business Development Center

New and expanding businesses find an enthusiastic, nurturing partner at the Business Development Center, a small business incubator located in the Sturgeon Bay Industrial Park. Tenants, paying competitive rents, share services and equipment, which allows them to keep overhead costs low and get off to a strong start in business.

With 32,000 sq. ft., the Center can accommodate a variety of different businesses:

  • Office
  • Service
  • Assembly
  • Distribution
  • Light manufacturing

Available equipment and services include:

  • Recessed and at-grade truck docks
  • Forklift and material handling equipment
  • High-speed internet access,
  • Copier, fax and mail services
  • Private conference room with audiovisual equipment

A number of finance and incentive programs are also available:

  • Revolving Loan Fund programs
  • Business finance training and consulting
  • Development Zone tax incentives
  • Financing eligibility and application assistance

An extended support network is available to help tenants with all phases of their business:

  • Professional and technical advisors
  • Business consulting and business plan assistance
  • Business training classes and workshops
  • Business mentoring programs
  • Vibrant entrepreneurial network of tenant businesses
Small Business Development Center - UW - Madison School of Business
975 University Ave.
Madison, WI, 53706
608-263-7680
http://bus.wisc.edu/cped/sbdc

Have a question about your business that needs immediate attention? Call us. Our experienced entrepreneurs can give you instant answers. Our staff can answer questions related to business planning, business permits or licenses, insurance, obtaining business financing, start-up tips, 
and more. The service is free. 1-800-940-7232

FIND A CONSULTANT: The SBDC provides confidential, no cost consulting services for entrepreneurs looking to grow their business. Our professional advisors help business owners develop strategies to increase sales, create efficiencies and improve profitability.  They provide unbiased feedback on an ongoing basis. 608-263-7680

Wisconsin Small Business Development Center
, WI
http://www.wisconsinsbdc.org/

Find Your Local Small Business Development Center search by Zip Code available on this web page.

Business Assistance Organizations

Wisconsin SCORE ( Service Corp of Retired (and not retired) Executives)
, WI
715-845-6231
http://www.score.org/about-score

SCORE

Our Mission

SCORE grows successful small businesses across America, one business at a time.
 

We Help Small Businesses Like Yours

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. We have been doing this for nearly fifty years.

Because our work is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and thanks to our network of 11,000+ volunteers, we are able to deliver our services at no charge or at very low cost.

We can provide:

Volunteer MENTORS who share their expertise across 62 industries

Free, confidential businessCOUNSELING in person or via email

Free business TOOLS, templates and tips here online

Inexpensive or free businessWORKSHOPS (locally) and webinars (online 24/7)

Our 320+ chapters hold events and workshops locally across the U.S. and its territories, and match up entrepreneurs with local, volunteer mentors.

Wyoming

Industry Associations

Wyoming Grape and Wine Association (WGWA)
Box 24
Huntley,, WY, 82218
pres@wyogrape.com
www.wyogrape.com/index2.html

The WGWA has been around in one of its many forms since 2001.  Avid growers, backyard growers and those interested in alternative agriculture have all taken interest in WGWA.  It is a great resource for all things related to grape growing.  During the Year WGWA hosts an Annual Spring Meeting/Pruning Clinic in April and the Wyoming Vine and Wine Tour in August.  Our association is dedicated to Wyoming Agriculture and developing promotion and awareness of the grape industry in Wyoming.