The New York Wine & Grape Foundation today announces the launch of the first Long Island Sustainable Winegrowing (LISW) online training program, the Sustainable Wine Professional Course. As only sustainable certification program for winegrowers in the Eastern United States, the new online curriculum is part of a stakeholder engagement initiative to inform and certify winery tasting room and hospitality staff. The goal of the Sustainable Wine Professional Course is to better equip winery professionals with the industry knowledge needed to educate consumers, trade and media about the value of sustainable winemaking practices, which are expanding in New York State. Enrollment in the Sustainable Wine Professional Course is now open, thanks to grant funding provided by the New York Wine & Grape Foundation (NYWGF), and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture: U.S. Department of Agriculture, through the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program.
“We are thrilled that we could support the Long Island Sustainable Winegrowing organization to make the Sustainable Wine Professional course come to life. This accessible educational platform will be instrumental in providing the facts to equip wine professionals and interested consumers with the knowledge needed to understand the significance of sustainability in winemaking,” said New York Wine & Grape Foundation Executive Director, Sam Filler.