Certifying Sustainable Wines Since 2008

Many consumers want to buy sustainable wines but are not sure how to find them. SIP Certified shows that winegrowers use practices that protect the people and planet so their customers know that their wine was made with care. Sustainability looks at the three P’s: People, Planet, Prosperity.

SIP Certified is committed and dedicated to protecting natural and human resources, also producing high-quality wines by supporting social responsibility, sustainable winemaking and wine growing practices, and sustainable vineyards, wineries, and wines.

SIP Certified sustainable is a program providing third-party verification that a wine, winery, or vineyard has adopted and implemented stringent sustainable winemaking and wine growing standards. The sustainable certification is based on best practices and committed to continuous improvement in those areas. To get you started, we offer a self-assessment to teach best practices for your vineyard and/or winery to determine what areas need to be improved. Our email series helps focus your efforts to meet your sustainability goals and walk you through the steps towards SIP Certified and then retain certification year after year.

Our winegrowers and winemakers understand that their actions have implications beyond the fence line, as grapes are grown, harvested, and made into wine, a lot of environmental factors are taken into consideration. When you grab a bottle of wine marked with a SIP Certified sustainability certification, you know that your wine was made with the environment, social responsibility, and high-quality in mind.

Chad and Lauren Rava

Rava Wines

Farming for the Future

Chad Rava is a third-generation farmer whose family immigrated from Italy to Monterey County where they farmed cattle, vegetables, and carved out a bucolic life for themselves. Chad grew up working the land, riding horses, and eventually was a calf roper

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Karl Wittstrom

Ancient Peaks Winery

Cowboys Make Better Wines

Karl Wittstrom – that’s him on horseback ‑ was born into a ranching family in the Paso Robles region of California. These days he’s co-owner and operations manager at Margarita Vineyard and Ancient Peaks Winery...

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The Latest From SIP

Recent News

Have you heard the exciting news?
September 1, 2021

A letter from Beth Vukmanic, Program Director, to all of our SIP Certified Members: As you likely already heard, Kris Beal, our Vineyard Team Executive Director since 1998, is retiring at the end of the year and we are thrilled for her to move into the next chapter. Starting January 1, 2022, I am very honored to step into the role of Executive Director at Vineyard Team.



Calendar Review
August 23, 2021

Here is quick overview of the rest of the year for SIP Certified as you prepare for harvest.