US: NY wineries gain website cash boost
New York State is offering more grants to state wineries to upgrade their websites.
Agriculture officials have announced a second round of its 'Website Improvement Grant Program', launched last year to help wineries attract more tourists to New York's wine regions and increase Internet sales in the state and beyond.
Wineries and vineyards can apply for up to US$1,000 or 75% of total project costs. Eligible upgrades include foreign language translations, and improving graphics and handicapped accessibility to sites. The first round awarded $266,000 to 114 wineries.
New York State wineries have expressed more interest in improving their web presence, particularly following the US Supreme Court in 2005 ruling calling for a level national playing field for direct in-state and out-of-state wine sales.
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