Certifying Sustainable Wines Since 2008

Many consumers want to buy sustainable wines but are not sure how to find them. SIP Certified shows that you use practices that protect the people and planet so your customers know that their wine was made with care.

How does becoming a SIP Certified member help you?

We know your customers are looking for wines labeled as “sustainable”. In a recent systematic review of 30 studies, consumers reported a higher preference for ecolabel and social responsibility labels compared to nutrition labels. Achieving SIP Certified gives you third-party verification that your vineyard, winery, or wine has adopted and implemented stringent sustainable winemaking and wine growing standards.

“By putting our sustainability beliefs into practice, we have the ability to educate the consumer on why sustainability should be a decision-maker in their purchases. SIP Certified makes it easy for us to share this message as they are not only a trusted and credible program, they offer a variety of valuable resources for both the consumers and businesses alike” - Fintan Du Fresne, Chamisal Vineyards

“Being Certified Sustainable in the SIP program has really helped us tell the story of the Hope Family Vineyard, especially with distributors and customers who want to learn more about our vineyard practices” - Austin Hope, Hope Family Wines

Certify your vineyard, winery, and wines today:

  1. Create an account
  2. Document your practices
  3. Share your sustainability with your customers

The 3 P’s: People, Planet, and Prosperity

SIP Certified is a rigorous sustainable vineyard, winery, and wine certification with strict, non-negotiable standards based on science and expert input, independent verification, transparency, and absence of conflict of interest. Certification addresses the 3 P’s of Sustainability – People, Planet, Prosperity – ensuring that both natural and human resources are protected. The rules, called Standards, require a measurable, holistic set of practices addressing habitat, water, energy, soil, recycling, air quality, packaging, pest management, social equity, and business management. Participants document dozens of requirements and implement sustainable practices. Practices are verified through independent records and on-site inspections and receive final approval from an independent advisory board.

Promoting Sustainable Winegrowing Since 2008

SIP Certified evolved from the award-winning self-assessment (Positive Points System) developed by Vineyard Team which helped growers evaluate their sustainable practices on every level, from habitat to water, soil to human resources. After four years of intensive review by viticulture experts and experienced growers, SIP Certified launched its pilot program in 2008 with 3,700 acres of vines between Monterey and Santa Barbara counties. Today, there are over 46,000 vineyard acres in California, Oregon, and Michigan, five wineries, and more than 55 million bottles of wine that have been SIP Certified. Consumers around the world can now find a wide array of sustainably produced wines to fit their needs, budgets, and stylistic preferences.

Our Values

Awards

SIP Certified is proud to stand with other environmental leaders working to preserve our natural and human resources.

Michael Thomas

Wrath Wines

It’s all in the Dirt

Michael Thomas is not afraid to get his hands dirty. As the owner/operator of Monterey County’s Wrath Wines and an archaeologist who directs the Center for the Study of Ancient Italy at the University of Texas at Austin, Michael spends...

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Andrew Fles

Shady Lane Cellars

The Farm to Table Life

Andy Fles, vineyard manager of Shady Lane Cellars in Michigan, fondly remembers helping out on weekends at a friend’s U-Pick apple orchard. From fall harvests to winter pruning, the orchard was his first glimpse into a lifestyle of farming.

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The Latest From SIP

Recent News

Call for third-party Vineyard and Winery inspectors for SIP Certified
August 15, 2022

SIP Certified is looking for third-party inspectors to audit SIP Certified Vineyard and Winery Applications. Applicants should have knowledge of viticulture/winemaking and experience with auditing.

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Upcoming Event

Sustainability in Action | McIntyre Vineyards
September 7, 2022

A 1-hour event for hospitality and sales staff of local SIP Certified properties to learn about the program and experience sustainable winegrowing practices in action with a property tour.

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Announcements

Looking for your invoice?
August 11, 2022

Invoices and Eligibility Letters were sent out last week from no-reply@vineyardteam.org. If you have been looking for your 2022 SIP Certified invoice, check your spam folder!

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