Schedule Vineyard Inspection Between June 1 & July 15

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Schedule Inspection Vineyard inspections for 2015 SIP Certification are right around the corner. Schedule an inspection between June 1 and July 15, 2015 with an accredited inspector. Documentation should be present at the time of inspection and reflect practices from December 1, 2014 through June/July 2015 (unless otherwise noted). Check Blocks, Varieties & Acres Certified blocks, varieties, and acres can change so please check your 2015 listing to make sure all the information is correct. Login to the database Click Vineyards Click your vineyard name Click Blocks and … [Read more...]

Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery Inducted into Green Hall of Fame

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It is a proud moment to see a winery that we have worked with for a decades inducted into the International Green Hall of Fame. Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery owner, Dana Merrill, has been a long time proponent of sustainable vineyard farming. In fact, Dana is a founding member of the Vineyard Team (the nonprofit that developed SIP), has had a certified vineyard since the program piloted in 2008, plus dozens of SIP Certified Pomar Junction wines. A much deserved congratulations to Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery for and unyielding dedication to take care of the environment and … [Read more...]

Food & Beverage World’s Wines for Earth Month

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Earth Day may have passed for 2015 but you can support sustainability every day by looking for the SIP seal at your local store. SIP Certified sustainable vineyards and wines are made with care for the people and the planet. When you buy a SIP Certified wine you can trust that the grapes were grown for the greater good to protect our community, our workers, and our environment. Below are some fantastic reviews from Food & Beverage World to help you pick the perfect SIP. Wines of the Week: SIP Certified Pinot Noir Wines of the Week: SIP Certified Reds Wines of the Week: SIP Certified … [Read more...]

Preparing for Summer SIP Vineyard Inspections

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Cheers to all of the hard work that goes into achieving SIP Certification. Being SIP Certified shows the farmers' commitment to protecting the environment and their workers. Inspections are right around the corner. Certified Vineyards should review the instructions below and call or email any time with questions. Schedule a Vineyard Inspector in May Call or email your inspector to select a date (Inspector contact information is available online) Login to the database Click Certifications Under Certifications in Progress, below Appl. click the icon Under Audit, Audit Scheduled, … [Read more...]

Seeking Pilot Wineries for SIP Certified

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After four years of development with a variety of stakeholders, we’re pleased to announce the pilot of the SIP Certified Sustainable Winery program. We are looking for companies throughout California interested in participating in the formal pilot this year. The pilot is limited to 12 participants and we look forward to setting the gold standard for sustainable wine production with SIP Certified Wineries in 2015. Interested in being a pilot winery? Please contact Beth Vukmanic Lopez at Beth@vineyardteam.org or at 805.466.2288. We’re kicking off the launch with a self-assessment workshop … [Read more...]

SIP, Earth Day, Funk & Soul

Taste dozens of sustainably grown, SIP Certified wines paired with amazing local treats at the Earth Day Food & Wine Weekend main event. We are bringing the Cali Funk and Soul with feature band Proxima Parada.  Infused with rhythmic variety, lyrical depth, and a strong sense of musical integrity, this four-piece band cites Ray Charles, The Wood Brothers, Bill Withers, and The Band as influences. They create anything from unadorned acoustic that captures the atmosphere of a summer morning to floor-stomping, dance numbers with enough passion to attract any open ears. … [Read more...]

30% Off Wine Fees

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Celebrate Earth Day Every Day! SIP is offering 30% off all Wine Certification fees for applications received between April 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015. Share your sustainability with your customers by adding the SIP seal to your wine bottle. Download the application package to get started and contact Beth Vukmanic Lopez at beth@vineyardteam.org | 805.466.2288 with questions. … [Read more...]

The Story Behind Laetitia Vineyard & Winery

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We are proud to work with SIP Certified Laetitia Vineyard & Winery, one of a handful of vineyards that participated in the 2008 pilot program. Vault 29 recently posted a "Wine Mic Monday" from Nadia Zilkha of Laetitia Vineyards and Winery. You can read this excellent story on the brand, sustainability and bubbly on Vault 29's website. SIP looks at the whole farm, addressing the people, the planet and prosperity. I love when Nadia addresses the second "P", saying that her father, Selim Zilkha, "...is someone who really cares for the well-being of his employees...". SIP Certified farms … [Read more...]

Sustainability – A Legacy

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Celebrating 20 years as an organization dedicated to sustainable winegrowing, the Vineyard Team recently honored its founders with the inaugural Legacy Award at this year’s 10th Annual Sustainable Ag Expo. What began as a group of innovative farmers wanting to challenge and improve their own farming decisions, evolved to a nationally recognized organization with several progressive projects: Sustainability in Practice (SIP)™ Certification, Sustainable Ag Expo, Earth Day Food and Wine Weekend, and various research and education programs. Since inception, with a myriad of programs that … [Read more...]

Training on SIP & Wine Certification

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Learn More about SIP & Sustainability We are available to talk about SIP Certification and sustainability. Being familiar with the talking points of SIP and how to best communicate sustainable farming efforts with customers is great for a winery staff and sales team. Thirty minute trainings are complimentary to certified participants. Please contact Beth Vukmanic Lopez at 805.466.2288 or beth@vineyardteam.org to schedule. SIP Certify Your Wines Share your sustainability by adding the SIP logo to your wine label.  Being able to use the logo on the bottle is a distinguishing feature of … [Read more...]