Wines can carry the SIP Certified seal on their packaging when they are made with at least 85% SIP Certified fruit as verified by an inspection.
Following is an overview of the SIP Certified Wine process. See the Documents page for all program rules and supporting materials.
Overview and Deadlines
The SIP Certified seal can be used on any bottle of wine made with at least 85% certified fruit. Wineries should schedule and complete inspections after final blend or bottling (for previously certified vintages with no other label changes) and be sure to allow adequate lead time for the winery to incorporate the logo on the wine labels.
Complete and submit the following to staff (5915 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA 93422) and your inspector:
- Wine Application
Complete and submit the following to staff (5915 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA 93422) :
- Wine Certification Agreement (new applicants)
Inspector will randomly select 20% of the applied for wines and contact you for documentation. See the SIP Certified Wine Inspection Report for the list of documentation that you will provide to the inspector.
Eligibility and Certification
Once received from the inspector, inspection reports are blinded and then reviewed by the Certification Advisory Committee (CAC) to determine eligibility within five business days. You will be notified of SIP Certified eligibility within five business days of CAC vote. Final certification is granted upon payment of certification fees and submission of final bottling records 30 days after bottling.
- Application: None
- Audit: Estimated at $100 – $175/hr
- Paid directly to inspector
- 1-4 hours depending on preparedness of applicant
- Licensing (Per Case):
|0 – 7,499||0.16|
|7,500 – 24,999||0.12|
|25,000 – 49,999||0.10|
|50,000 – 99,999||0.08|
|100,000 – 249,999||0.07|