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McIntyre Profile Example

March 28, 2019

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Talley Profile Example

March 28, 2019

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Michigan Winery Farms the First SIP Certified Vineyard Outside of California

August 30, 2017

WaterFire Vineyards of Michigan is the first out-of-state vineyard to achieve SIP Certified August 30, 2017 [caption id="attachment_7806" align="alignright" width="427"] Chantal Lefebvre of WaterFire Vineyards, MI[/caption] Atascadero, Calif., WaterFire Vineyards near Torch Lake, Michigan becomes the first vineyard outside of California to achieve certification from Sustainability in Practice (SIP) Certified. SIP Certified authenticates sustainability practices for vineyards and wineries through a thoughtful and rigorous third-party program. The most in-depth sustainability program available for vineyards, SIP Certified is just a few months shy of celebrating 10 years and is thrilled to have certified a vineyard outside of... [Read more...]


A Sustainable Family Business at Riverbench Vineyard & Winery

June 30, 2017

Riverbench Vineyard was established in 1973, when the first Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes were planted on the bank of the Sisquoc River, known as the Santa Maria Bench. For decades since then, some of the most renowned wineries have purchased fruit from Riverbench Vineyard & Winery for their wines. In 2004, they began producing their own wines in limited quantities, with many available exclusively through the tasting rooms in Santa Maria and Santa Barbara, California. We recently spoke with Laura Booras, General Manager at Riverbench about their long standing commitment to sustainable farming. SIP... [Read more...]


Founders of Sustainability: Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery

April 21, 2017

The Merrill Family’s agricultural heritage and grape growing history dates back at least eight generations on California’s central coast. Owner Dana Merrill is a founding member of the Vineyard Team, the developers of SIP Certified. After nearly 30 years of growing grapes for many of the finest wineries in California, ranging from ultra premium small producers to the largest international brands, the Merrill’s decided to produce their own wines under the label Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery. We recently spoke with eighth generation farmer Matt Merrill about his family's long standing commitment to sustainability. SIP... [Read more...]


Incorporating Sustainability Every Day at Opolo Vineyards

April 14, 2017

They say good fences make good neighbors, but it was a love of wine and winemaking that forged a connection between Opolo owners Rick Quinn and Dave Nichols. Opolo believes a strong, cooperative relationship with the land and environment is crucial.  They practice sustainable methods in both the winery and vineyard operations in order to preserve the environment, water, and local wildlife. Opolo is a SIP Certified operation as well as certified organic by “CCOF” in their 64 acre walnut orchard. Opolo has worked with Vineyard Team, the developers of SIP Certified, for many years,... [Read more...]


Chamisal Vineyards is All In for Sustainability

March 30, 2017

Achieves Sustainability in Practice Certified Seal for Winery MEDIA CONTACT Faith Wells | faith@faithwellscommunications.com Kris Beal | kris@vineyardteam.org | 805-610-9212 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | March 30, 2017 Atascadero, Calif., — Chamisal Vineyards in Edna Valley, California has achieved the Sustainability in Practice (SIP) Certified seal for their entire winery. Chamisal Vineyards is the second California winery to be recognized through this third-party sustainability program. SIP Certified has certified vineyards since 2008, and expanded its independent, third-party verification scope to include wineries in 2015.  To achieve SIP Certified for a winery, the company must undergo an... [Read more...]


2nd to Achieve SIP Certified Winery: Chamisal Vineyards

March 8, 2017

Chamisal Vineyards is the second winery to achieve SIP Certified. The program has certified vineyards since 2008, and expanded its independent, third-party verification scope to include wineries in 2016. We recently spoke with Fintan du Fresne, General Manager and Winemaker at Chamisal Vineyards, about how sustainability fits into their company. The Chamisal vineyard has been in the program since 2010 and the brand continues to message its sustainable practices with the SIP Certified seal on the wine label, at the tasting room, and on case boxes. As du Fresne says, "…we feature our SIP certification... [Read more...]


Niner Wine Estates Takes Sustainability to the Next Level

September 23, 2016

SIP Certified Sustainability Seal of Approval Now Available for Wineries Niner Wine Estates in Paso Robles, California, has become the first winery to achieve Sustainability in Practice (SIP) Certified. The program has certified vineyards since 2008, and expanded its independent, third-party verification scope to include wineries in 2015. The winery certification process rigorously reviews a number of factors, including energy efficiency, water use, glass and paper recycling, and even materials used in packaging and collateral marketing materials. As with the vineyard certification, the elements of social equity and financial sustainability are also taken into account.... [Read more...]


7 Properties Featured in The SOMM Journal

August 8, 2016

Sustainability is a Core Value for Vineyards The SOMM Journal's broad coverage includes artisan spirits, coffee, tea, food trends, and, of course, wine. The editorial board is comprised of internationally-renowned wine writers, sommeliers and authorities, including Anthony Dias Blue as Editor-in-Chief, David Gadd as Executive Editor and a team of top wine and hospitality industry writers. The publication aligns with top wine associations, institutions, and educators throughout the U.S. and abroad to bring the hospitality industry the best information. The August/September 2016 issue features seven sustainably farmed properties in the article titled SIP Certified -... [Read more...]