Sustainability Certification For Vineyards
As of December 2017, 72% of the vineyard acreage in Sonoma County has been certified through a sustainability program.
How the Process Works
There are four sustainability programs that Sonoma County Winegrowers recognize:
- Fish Friendly Farming
- California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (“Certified Sustainable”)
- Lodi Rules
- Sustainability in Practice (SIP)
Step 1: Enroll in a program. Program requirements vary but share alignment with best management practices for environmental and social responsibility, and business operation practices.
Step 2: Certification. The grower takes steps to implement the actions and projects identified in the Farm Conservation Plan or Code Workbook, and third-party programs verify practices and certify a vineyard as sustainable. Sonoma County Winegrowers are paying the cost of the Farm Plan/audit for year one certification.
Funding is available on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, contact Director of Sustainability and Grower Education, Dana Cappelloni, at 707-522-5851 or Dana@sonomawinegrape.org.