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Wine Professionals and Wine Lovers
Support sustainable vineyards and wineries, and look for sustainably grown and made wine from the following U.S. programs. 


Vintners and Growers:
Learn about sustainable winegrowing practices to help continuously improve your sustainability. The following programs offer educational tools and resources tailored to their region and, in some cases, third-party certification programs to ensure specific requirements are met..

 

Sustainable winegrowing, by nature, is not “one size fits all.” Best practices can vary across the country, reflecting differences in climate, topography, geology and the regulatory environment. Sustainability programs acknowledge and accommodate these differences, and help vineyards and wineries focus on the most impactful practices.

The following programs are examples of educational and/or certification offerings in the U.S.:

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California Sustainable Winegrowing Program

Since 2002, the California Sustainable Winegrowing Program has provided educational tools and resources, including a comprehensive online self-assessment tool, to encourage adoption of sustainable practices by the state’s vineyards and wineries.

sustainablewinegrowing.org

State(s)

California

Vineyard Program

Yes

Winery Program

Yes

3rd-Party Certification

No

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Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing

Beginning in 2010, Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing offers third-party certification to vineyards and wineries dedicated to environmental stewardship and socially responsible business practices. As of March 2023, 2,584 vineyards (233,061 acres, 38% of California winegrape acres) and 188 wineries producing 255 million cases (80% of California wine) are certified, and 19 million cases bear the certification logo or claims on the bottle. 
 

californiasustainablewine.com

State(s)

California

Vineyard Program

Yes

Winery Program

Yes

3rd-Party Certification

Yes

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Fish Friendly Farming

Fish Friendly Farming is a certification program for agricultural properties managed to restore fish and wildlife habitat and improve water quality. Farm plan development began in 1997 and certification was first available in 1999. As of January 2021, 1850 vineyards (73,900 acres) are certified.

fishfriendlyfarming.org

State(s)

California

Vineyard Program

Yes

Winery Program

No

3rd-Party Certification

Yes

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LIVE 

Since 1997, LIVE provides third-party certification and education to both wineries and vineyards with the mission to preserve human and natural resources in the wine industry of the Pacific Northwest. As of April 2021, 329 vineyards (13,004 total vineyard acres, 30,518 farm acres, and 8,159 biodiversity acres) and 39 wineries are certified LIVE.

 

livecertified.org

State(s)

Idaho, Oregon,

Washington 

Vineyard Program

Yes

Winery Program

Yes

3rd-Party Certification

Yes

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LODI RULES

Created by California farmers and accredited by world-renowned scientists, LODI RULES began offering certification in 2005, after beginning as an IPM program in 1992 and a self-assessment program in 2000. As of January 2021, 1,292 vineyards (55,380 acres) are certified and 60 wineries use the seal on wine labels.
 

lodirules.org

State(s)

California, Washington

Vineyard Program

Yes

Winery Program

No

3rd-Party Certification

Yes

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Long Island Sustainable Winegrowing

Since 2012, Long Island Sustainable Winegrowing provides regionally adapted education and third-party certification for sustainably farmed vineyards in the Long Island wine region. As of January 2021, 23 vineyards (1000+ acres) are certified.

lisustainablewine.org

State(s)

New York

Vineyard Program

Yes

Winery Program

No

3rd-Party Certification

Yes

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Napa Green

Napa Green sets a globally leading standard for sustainability and climate action in the wine industry. The nonprofit facilitates systematic soil to bottle certification for wineries and vineyards, and provides the resources, tools and connections to continuously level up leadership. The cutting edge Napa Green Vineyard program launched in 2021, with more than 70 growers and 6,500 acres certified or transitioning. There are 92 Napa Green Certified Wineries, making more than 15 million cases.

napagreen.org

State(s)

California /

Napa Cty.

Vineyard Program

Yes

Winery Program

Yes

3rd-Party Certification

Yes

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New York Sustainable Winegrowing 

New York Sustainable Winegrowing provides third party certifications to vineyards dedicated to environmental, financial, and social sustainability across New York. Certification is based on adherence to Vine Balance, an annually revised workbook of science backed best practices. As of 2023, 50 Vineyards are certified comprising over 1700 acres of Grapes in all major winegrowing regions of New York. 

newyorkwines.org

State(s)

New York

Vineyard Program

Yes

Winery Program

No

3rd-Party Certification

Yes

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Salmon-Safe

Salmon-Safe works with West Coast farmers, developers, and other environmentally innovative landowners to reduce watershed impacts through rigorous third-party verified certification. Salmon-Safe for winegrowing focuses on reducing vineyard runoff, water quality protection, and enhancement of native biodiversity on vineyard sites. Salmon-Safe’s primary Oregon and Washington vineyard certification program is operated in partnership with LIVE.

salmonsafe.org

State(s)

British Columbia, Oregon, Washington

Vineyard Program

Yes

Winery Program

No

3rd-Party Certification

Yes

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SIP Certified®

SIP Certified® is a science-based, rigorous vineyard, winery, and wine certification. SIP Certified brands use third-party verified sustainable practices so customers can feel confident that their wine was made with care for the people and the planet. The program grew out of an award-winning self-assessment program first offered in 1996, and launched certification 2008. As of June 2023, there are over 400 certified vineyards (47,000+ acres), 5 wineries and 55 million bottles that bear the logo.

sipcertified.org

State(s)

California,

Oregon,

Michigan

Vineyard Program

Yes

Winery Program

Yes

3rd-Party Certification

Yes

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Sonoma County Sustainable Winegrowing

In 2014, Sonoma County’s Winegrowers made a commitment to become the first winegrowing region with 100% certified sustainable vineyards. After a five-year journey of collaboration and education, 99% of the vineyard acreage in Sonoma County has been certified sustainable by a third-party program, Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing, Fish Friendly Farming, LODI RULES or SIP Certified®.

sonomawinegrape.org/scw/sustainability

State(s)

California /

Sonoma Cty.

Vineyard Program

Yes

Winery Program

No

3rd-Party Certification

Yes

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Sustainable WA

Established in 2022, Sustainable WA is the first certified sustainability program built specifically for Washington vineyards. To achieve certification, growers must commit to sustainable viticultural practices and pass a third-party audit to ensure operations meet established standards. Sustainable WA covers the pillars of sustainability: environmentally sound, socially equitable, and economically viable. It is a rigorous, science-based program and built with continuous improvement in mind. As of May 2023, over 50 vineyards are certified (over 11,000 acres and 20% of Washington's winegrapes.)

sustainablewa.com

State(s)

Washington

Vineyard Program

Yes

Winery Program

No

3rd-Party Certification

Yes

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Work in another state that is developing or implementing a sustainable winegrowing program?
Please get in touch with info@sustainablewinegrowing.org to share the details.

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