Winery Establishment and Expansion in Northern New York - PROJECT FILLED

Worksite Location
CCE Clinton County
Project Dates
June 1 - August 1
Faculty Sponsor
Miguel Gomez, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
Field Mentors/Supervisors
Lindsey Pashow, Harvest NY
Stipend Amount
$4,000
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

Since 2005 research has been going on in Northern New York to determine if grapes can survive. Research has shown that a number of varieties of grapes can survive in Northern New York. This has led to the establishment of vineyards and wineries across the region. However research has not been done yet to help determine the winery portion of establishment in Northern New York. People are planting a vineyard and do not have any current information on winery establishment cost or necessary winery production equipment size based on yield of grapes.

The goal of this project is for possible future and current winery owners to understand the financial risk that is involved with establishing, current winery operation capacity, and expansion of a winery.

Roles and Responsibilities

The student will help interview current and future wineries to help understand the issues that they are having with the establishment and expansion of a winery. They will also help determine what equipment is needed in a winery and the cost of the equipment.

Qualifications and Previous Coursework
Benefits and Skills

-The student will learn about the wine industry in northern New York.
-The student will gain experience in interviewing and researching information need for this project.
-The student will learn about the financial investment that it takes to start or expand a business.