Sustainability Certification For Vineyards

As of December 2018, 89% 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 [email protected].

Click here for a comparison of sustainability certification programs.