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The Winery at Marjim Manor wins awards at the 2013 American Wine Society Commercial Wine Competition!

Medal time at the American WiIne Society Commerical Wine Competition, heldĀ Nov. 5 - 7 at the Kalahari Conference Center in Sandusky, Ohio.

Adams Appleberry, Peach for the Stars and Sophia's Sunrise won silver medals! Bronze went to Katapalooza!

Article in Wines and Vines - Changes Come to the Niagara Wine Trail

Lawmakers approve expansion in upstate New York to capitalize on region's tourism potential.

Read more at: http://www.winesandvines.com

Unbrave Girl Haunted by Newfane

The Winery at Marjim Manor enjoyed hosting Sally Thelen, aka Unbrave Girl. Newfane and Olcott made quite an impression on her. You can read about her adventures in her blog!

http://www.unbravegirl.com/2013/06/newfane-ny/

Senator Gillibrand Fights For Tax Exemption To Boost New York Wine And Craft Beverage Sales To Canada

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, May 30, 2013: Contact: Bethany Lesser (202) 224-3873 GILLIBRAND FIGHTS FOR TAX EXEMPTION TO BOOST NEW YORK WINE AND CRAFT BEVERAGE SALES TO CANADA

39.6 Percent Provincial Levy for Wine Brought from the U.S. into Ontario, Over 66 Percent Barrier for Québec - Limits Sales to Canada, Visits to NY Wineries NYS is Nation's Third Largest Grape Producer - But Sells Less than Half the Amount of Alcoholic Beverages Imported from Canada.

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a new member of the President's Export Council, is taking action today to change a burdensome tax regulation to help increase exports of New York wine and craft beverages to Canada, and attract more tourism to New York's vineyards, distilleries and breweries. In a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative, Senator Gillibrand urged for a provincial sales tax exemption for all wine and craft beverages grown and produced in New York State. Currently, a 39.6 percent provincial levy is issued in addition to a customs duty paid to the Canadian federal government for anyone bringing more than 1.5 liters of U.S. purchased wine into Ontario, Canada. A similar levy and duty is over 66 percent for the Province of Québec. At the same time, visitors to Canadian wineries can travel back into the U.S. and only pay a 3 percent duty on wine exceeding more than 1 liter.

"New York is home to beautiful vineyards and high quality brewers, cider houses, and distilleries that produce first-rate wine and craft beverages," said Senator Gillibrand, New York's first member of the Senate Agriculture Committee in nearly four decades. "But burdensome trade regulations hold us back from selling our great products to our neighbors in Canada. It's time to harness our full economic potential, take this commonsense step, and give sales this exemption so we can boost our exports, and strengthen our economy."

"We greatly appreciate Senator Gillibrand's initiative to create a more equitable trade environment between New York State and the Canadian provinces just north of our border," said Jim Trezise, President for New York Wine & Grape Foundation. "Each year, our wineries welcome thousands of Canadian visitors who truly enjoy the wines and would like to take some home, but the hefty provincial taxes strongly discourage that. By contrast, American visitors to Canadian wineries routinely bring back a good supply of the wines they enjoy."

"The inequity that exists between visitors bringing wine, beer and spirits into New York and the bordering Canadian provinces clearly puts our growers and producers in New York at an extreme competitive disadvantage. New York Farm Bureau appreciates Senator Gillibrand's attention on the matter. Having a fair trade policy would provide an added boost to what is a thriving and exciting industry in the state,"said Dean Norton, New York Farm Bureau President.

"We appreciate Senator Gillibrand's dedication to the agricultural industry," said Margo Sue Bittner, Owner of the Winery at Marjim Manor, Niagara Wine Trail. "As a winery owner close to the Canadian border, this is an issue I deal with regularly. We frequently have Canadian tourists but they do not purchase wine because of the onerous duty. Toronto is a large metropolitan area only an hour away. Yet, I cannot tap into that market because of this duty. When New Yorkers visit Canada, the duty is virtually nonexistent. I look forward to the day when we have parity and can partner, not compete, with wineries across the border."

"Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance has always provided marketing efforts to our wine industry and this ability to potentially increase sales to the Canadian market will certainly benefit our winery industry," said Cynthia Kimble, President of Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance.

"The Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation's Hudson Valley Food & Beverage Alliance wholeheartedly endorses Senator Gillibrand's efforts to alleviate the 39.6 percent levy on wine exports from New York State to Canada," said Laurence P. Gottlieb, HVEDC President and CEO. "This exemption would greatly benefit the wonderful wineries and scenic vineyards of the Hudson Valley that host many tourists from Canada who buy their products each year. Sales would obviously increase and that would be beneficial for everyone."

"As owner of a winery and vineyard, I know that our Canadian customers are discouraged from purchasing our wine by the high tariffs they pay for bringing the wine home," said Sue Maring, Owner of Tug Hill Vineyards. "Fair and equivalent taxing at the boarder would benefit the wine producers in this bi-national economic region."

In 2011, New York exported just $29.6 million worth of alcoholic beverages to Canada, less than half of the $60.4 million that Canada sold to New York State, according to the New York State Department of Economic Development, despite New York being the nation's third largest grape producer with 320 wineries across the state, the nation's fourth largest beer producer with over 80 breweries, including three of the top 20 brewers nationally in sales, and the nation's third largest spirits producers with close to 30 spirits producers.

A provincial levy exemption for New York State wineries would increase wine sales to Canada by as much as $2.5 million in direct winery sales alone, according to estimates from Cornell University's School of Applied Economics and Management.

Senator Gillibrand's letter to Acting U.S. Trade Representative Miriam Sapiro can be read here.

The Winery at Marjim Manor wins awards at the 2013 Finger Lakes Wine Competition!

Medal time! At the Finger Lakes Wine Competition, Spring Lake Steuben won a silver medal! Bronze went to Adams Appleberry, Lord of the Manor, 100 Windows and Starlight.

The Winery at Marjim Manor wins awards at the American Wine Society Competition!

Marjim Manor won a few medals at the last American Wine Society competition held November 8-12, 2011. Silver medals to: 50 Windows, Applely Ever After, Jewel in the Crown, and Spring Lake Steuben. Bronze medals to: Lord of the Manor, Cranberry Crescendo, Gift from the Vine, and Pear Made in Heaven.

Article about The Winery at Marjim Manor in May 28 issue of Lancaster Farming

Thank you to Bernadette Logozar, a rural and ag economic development specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin County, who wrote this article about the Manor called, "Telling Your Story to Sell Your Product," published in Lancaster Farming.

You can read the article here.

Niagara Wine Trail Donates Plants to Benefit Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo

Niagara County, NY - The Niagara Wine Trail is proud to donate over sixty trays of herb and vegetable plants to the Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo. These plants will be used in over 70 community gardens that are planted in previously vacant lots in the City of Buffalo

Please read Press Release issued 5-13-11.

2011 International Finger Lakes Wine Festival Results

All of our Winery at Marjim Manor wines submitted received medals at the 2011 International Finger Lakes Wine Festival Competition!

Results: Cat's Meow received a Silver. Bronze went to Carondelet, Cherry Serenade, Cordially Yours, Legacy and Plum Dandy.

It's 3 O'Clock Somewhere - Our Summer Contest Winning Photos

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PeopleTalk: A conversation with winery owner Margo Bittner By Jane Kwiatkowski, Buffalo News - June 27, 2010

Margo Bittner, 51, makes 35 kinds of wine at The Winery at Marjim Manor in Appleton in Niagara County. Down the road from the winery, her husband, Jim Bittner, runs Singer Farms, a 500-acre farm that supplies the fruit for her wine. A former member of the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency and a 12-year member of the Barker Board of Education, Bittner takes her life down many roads. As you will see, she is spiritual -- in more ways than one.

People Talk: Do you believe in spirits?

Margo Bittner: Well, according to Jason [Hawes] and Grant [Wilson] from "Ghost Hunters," we have a number of spirits here. Our episode [in October 2008] was called "Bottled Spirits." Things move on occasion. The cats look like they're playing with somebody who isn't there. I have spirits who love this house and who just want to see what we are doing.

Read full article here.

Margo Sue Bittner quoted in this article: Senator Schumer Fights Against Cutting Programs That Promote NYS Wine Sales Abroad

SENATOR SCHUMER FIGHTS AGAINST CUTTING PROGRAMS THAT PROMOTE NYS WINE SALES ABROAD

Proposed Elimination of Substitution Drawback Program
Undermines Global Competitiveness of NYS Wine Exports
Schumer also Secures Pledge to Push Canada to Remove Duties
That Discourage Virtually Any Wine Purchases by Canadians Visiting New York

The Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) have proposed changes that would repeal a program currently providing a rebate for wine producers who export NYS wine. Under the program, any federal tax or duty that an American winery pays on wine imported from another country is refunded when that same entity exports American-made wine of roughly the same value. This incentive program is known as “substitution drawback” because wineries are “substituting” a US-produced bottle of wine for an imported bottle of wine.

The CBP and TTB have proposed eliminating this program which Schumer said will greatly hurt New York wineries, an important source of economic activity in many parts of upstate and on Long Island. Schumer has asked Treasury and DHS, the federal parent agencies of CBP and TTB, to withdraw these proposals.

Another issue having a huge negative impact on New York’s wine industry: New York wineries are faced with an overwhelming disadvantage when Canadian tourists come to our wineries. Canada’s border tax policies ensure that virtually no Canadian tourists will want to buy NY wine. Specifically, Canadian day trippers are hit with duties and taxes of 80-100 percent of the cost of the bottle of NY wine. The result -- Canadian tourists visit NY wineries and enjoy tasting NY wines, but they never buy. The US does not impose the same onerous taxes on its returning tourists — US tourists returning from Canada are entitled to bring in 2 bottles of Canadian wine duty free.

Schumer urged United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk to raise the issue with his foreign counterparts to ensure a fair shake for New York’s wineries. Kirk pledged to raise the issue with Canada. “Removing the duty that Canada places on its citizens will help fuel explosive growth in the New York industry and I will pursue this until it is done,” said Schumer.

“We appreciate Senator Schumer’s dedication to the agricultural industry,” said Margo Bittner, owner of The Winery at Marjim Manor in Appleton, NY. “As a winery owner close to the Canadian border, this is an issue I deal with regularly. We frequently have Canadian tourists who do not purchase wine because of the onerous duty. I am participating in Bi-National Tourism’s Open Doors Niagara. While people interested in architecture and history will visit, purchases are negligible. Other businesses participating anticipate wonderful sales. I look forward to the day when we have parity and can partner, not compete, with wineries across the border.”

The state’s wine industry has proved to be one of New York’s most resilient. This industry has a particularly powerful impact on New York’s rural economy by increasing tourism at a rate of 4.1 million people annually and adding a $6B boost to the state’s economy every year. Overall, the industry directly employs 36,000 people in New York.

Margo Sue Bittner, owner of The Winery at Marjim Manor, made a presentation at the 2009 Cornell Strategic Marketing Conference on November 2, 2009.

Margo Sue Bittner, owner of The Winery at Marjim Manor, has been invited to the 2009 Cornell Strategic Marketing Conference to be held at the Henry A Wallace Visitor & education Center in Hyde Park, NY on November 2nd and 3rd.logo

Appropriately, the conference theme this year is Story Telling—Marketing the Unique Story of Your Business for Success, and will feature successful producers, processors, and other agri-businesses showcasing their unique business story, the ways they use it as a marketing tool, and methods to utilize and evaluate the success of various marketing activities.

The 75 conference attendees are small- to medium-size agricultural producers and food processors, educators, state agencies, economic development specialists, and agri-service providers from around the Northeast. The ultimate goal is to provide productive marketing information and tools for the region’s agri-based businesses.

On Day One of the two-day conference, Ms Bittner will be presenting Once Upon a Time . . . Building & Telling Your Story along with Jeanine Laverty, a professional Story Teller from Saratoga Springs, NY. For those who have visited The Winery at Marjim Manor, it is well-known that story telling is a significant draw. The quality of her wine selections and attention to service account for her overall success however, based on repeat business. And the chief ingredients for her wines come almost exclusively from locally-grown produce. Ms Laverty will focus on how to think about story telling when developing a business plan. Both presenters have been asked to feature key practices or skills critical to successful marketing.

A surprise marriage proposal at the Manor.

surprise marriage proposal
A surprise marriage proposal at the Manor! We received this recent email: "A group of us were at your winery last weekend (12/6/08) where my friend Julie's boyfriend, Brian, proposed to her. The girl who did our tastings was very nice and helped in the planning of the proposal."
We were glad to help! Congratulations!

On May 12, 2008, Governor David A. Paterson and U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer met with more than 100 farmers in Western New York to discuss issues of critical importance to New York's 36,000 farms.

On May 12, 2008, Governor David A. Paterson and U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer met with more than 100 farmers in Western New York to discuss issues of critical importance to New York's 36,000 farms.
Read full article here.

Photo: Margo Sue Bittner, representing the Niagara Wine Trail, presents a gift basket. The NWT is the fastest growing wine trail in the country!

Marjim Manor 2008 commercial on YouTube

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Marjim Manor 2008 commercial

Margo Sue Bittner, owner of the Winery at Marjim Manor has been appointed to the New York State Wine Grape Task Force.

Margo Sue BittnerNovember 2007: Margo Sue Bittner, owner of the Winery at Marjim Manor has been appointed to the New York State Wine Grape Task Force.

Read the complete article in the
Lockport Union Sun & Journal
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Niagara Wineries Trail: Grapes, tastings and ghosts

Niagara Wineries Trail: Grapes, tastings and ghosts
USA Today article by LARRY PRICE Associated Press Writer, September 4 2007

APPLETON, N.Y. Standing behind the long wooden bar in one of two elegant tasting rooms at The Winery at Marjim Manor, Margo Sue Bittner proudly shows off her 28 wines. The complete article can be viewed here.

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