2015 SIP Vineyard Certification Eligibility Process

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Sustainability in Practice (SIP) Certified is a rigorous sustainable vineyard and wine certification with strict, non-negotiable requirements. Certified vineyards should be proud of their achievement. July 15 - Documentation, Documentation + Onsite, and Full vineyard inspections completed Unless noted otherwise in the Standards, documentation should reflect practices from Dec. 1, 2014 - June/July 2015 (certification year is Dec. 1 - Nov. 30) Please note growers are subject to a late fee ($250-$500) for documentation received by the inspector after July 24, 2015 July 24, 2015 - … [Read more...]

Paso Robles Winery Makes Sustainable Changes Due to Drought

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Sustainability is important to making sure that we have and will continue to have, the water, materials, and resources to protect human health and our environment. "What is Sustainability. " EPA. n.p. n.d. Being sustainable means that we are always striving to to better, always adapting new technology, always evolving with our environment. Sustainability means using science and research to make informed decisions; irrigating when plants need water, fertilizing when plants need nutrients, and communicating best practices with farm-workers and neighbors. SIP Certified farmers have a legacy … [Read more...]

Speaking and Pouring at Women In Green Forum

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The Women In Green Forum has emerged as the premier conference series highlighting women's impact on the environmental industry. From the White House to Fortune 500 company leaders, the annual program features the environmental industry's brightest and most innovative speakers. SIP Certified looks forward to hosting a workshop on sustainability in the wine industry and sponsoring the evening reception with SIP Certified wines. August 26, 2015 | TreePeople Conference Center | Beverly Hills, CA … [Read more...]

Due July 15 – SIP Certified Vineyard Inspections

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SIP Certified Vineyard Inspections should be completed July 15, 2015.  Below are links to help finish up 2015 vineyard inspections. Find Vineyard Inspection Type to determine which Standards to document in the database. Document Vineyard Standards in the Database based on your Inspection Type. Full (Cycle 1) = complete all Standards documentation and onsite inspection Doc + Onsite (Cycle 2 or 3) = complete Standards marked “D” and “D+O” and onsite inspection Documentation (Cycle 2 or 3) = complete Standards marked “D” Vineyards in Cycle 2 or 3 with a Documentation inspection … [Read more...]

Vineyard Inspections – Standards to Document & Onsite Inspections

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SIP is an annually inspected certification. The certification process is a 3-year cycle, with all growers receiving a complete documentation and onsite inspection in Cycle 1. Growers will receive various combinations of documentation inspections, interviews, and onsite inspections for Cycles 2 and 3. The Inspection Type determines which Standards to document and whether there will be an onsite inspection for the June 1 to July 15 inspections. Document the Standards in the database and schedule an onsite inspection (where applicable) based on the following inspection types: Full (Cycle … [Read more...]

Edit Certified Blocks and Acres in the Database

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View the SIP Certification Vineyard Database User Guide for Screen Shots. 1. Login to the database. 2. Click Vineyards. 3. Click the name of the Vineyard you want to edit. 4. Click Blocks and Acres. To make changes, click the field you want to edit, update the information, and click the check mark. To delete, click the trash can icon to delete a line. To add new blocks, enter a new block by entering information into blank fields (located at the top of the page) and click Add. … [Read more...]

Review Vineyard Inspector Comments and Update Documentation

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View the SIP Certification Vineyard Database User Guide for Screen Shots. Once your inspector has reviewed your online documentation you can review the inspector’s comments and make changes to your documentation as needed. 1. Login to the database. 2. Click Certifications. 3. Under Certifications in Progress, click the name of the Vineyard you want to document the Standards for. 4. Look for the chapter(s) with an exclamation point symbol (!) to the right. These have questions requiring additional documentation. Click the chapter you want to review. The Auditor column shows … [Read more...]

How to Document Vineyard Standards in the Database

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View the SIP Certification Vineyard Database User Guide for Screen Shots. 1. Login to the database. 2. Click Certifications. 3. Under Certifications in Progress, click the name of the Vineyard you want to document the Standards for. This screen shows the points achieved by each Vineyard based on Standards completion. = Application & History: view certification progress # Req’s = Requirements: vineyard must complete all Requirements (assigned 500 points) Points = Management Enhancements: vineyard must achieve at least 50% of available points Total Points = Total Score: … [Read more...]

Find Vineyard Inspection Type

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View the SIP Certification Vineyard Database User Guide for Screen Shots. Find your vineyard inspection type by: 1. Login to the database. 2. Click Certifications 3. Under Certifications in Progress, below Appl. click the icon 4. Under Audit, Audit Type see your inspection type: Full – new applicant (8 – 12 hour inspection) = complete documentation and onsite inspection Full – renewal applicant (5 – 6 hour inspection) = complete documentation and onsite inspection Documentation (1 – 3 hour inspection) = renewal documentation offsite inspection (database Standards marked … [Read more...]

Schedule a Vineyard Inspector in the Database

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View the SIP Certification Vineyard Database User Guide for Screen Shots. SIP Vineyard inspections take place between June 1 and July 15. Call or email your inspector in May to select a date (Inspector contact information is available online) 1. Login to the database 2. Click Certifications 3. Under Certifications in Progress, below Appl. click the icon 4. Under Audit, Audit Scheduled, select the agreed upon inspection date 5. Under Audit, Auditor, select the Inspector name from dropdown 6. Click Save 7. Your inspector can now see your Standards documentation … [Read more...]