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Baker & Brain on Responsible Farming

October 26, 2015

Josh Baker and Matt Brain share a common goal of creating wine that showcases the hard work and responsible farming taking place at their favorite vineyards. To Baker & Brain, sustainability means sourcing fruit from farmers who are doing things right – not just for the earth, but for the animals and people who spend their lives between the vines.  You can find the SIP Certified seal on many of their wines, and all of them are made at a winery where all waste is 100% recycled and the power all comes from the sun. ... [Read more...]


California Grocer – SIP Certified Seal Helps Consumers Go Green

October 15, 2015

The recent issue of California Grocer featured a piece on SIP Certified in the marketplace today. Businesses that sell SIP Certified wines, like grocers and restaurants, are including the seal on their own materials to promote sustainability. Consumer demand for eco-friendly products is at an all-time high and wine consumers have an eco-friendly choice in SIP Certified vineyards and wineries. The SIP – Sustainability in Practice – Certification program sets the environmental gold standard for vineyards and wineries, and the SIP seal of excellence appears on millions of bottles produced by over 200 California vineyards.... [Read more...]


How you can use the SIP Certified Seal

October 12, 2015

You're SIP Certified, and ready to let everyone know about this impressive achievement. SIP Certification illustrates that you are dedicated to sustainable principles—that you're willing to adhere to rigorous guidelines to make great wines, farm healthy vineyards, and support the well being of workers. Our SIP Certified seal is available to you when you're ready to shout sustainability from the rooftops (and we fully support you in your efforts!). Add the seal to your own materials. From the wine label to tasting notes to sales sheets, you can include SIP Certified just about anywhere you... [Read more...]


Fialta Releases iTunes Single to Promote Sustainable Farming

October 6, 2015

100% of proceeds from October downloads will benefit SIP Certified/The Vineyard Team SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif—October 1, 2015 — Today, San Luis Obispo band Fialta releases a cover of Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon” to iTunes. During the month of October, 100% of net proceeds will benefit The Vineyard Team, a local non-profit organization. (Available online at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/harvest-moon-single/id1041052614&app=itunes) The Vineyard Team is the organization behind SIP Certified, the rigorous, third-party designation which verifies that wines and vineyards have been attended to with sustainable best practices, from water monitoring and soil health to employee care. Through The Vineyard... [Read more...]


SIP Certified Partners with Wine Sellers

October 5, 2015

SIP Certification has a consumer facing element allowing the SIP Certified seal on a bottle of wine based on an inspection confirming the wine has at least 85% of certified fruit. To date, over 1.75 million cases of wine have been certified and are being sold internationally. SIP Certification shows the growers commitment to the community, their workers, and the environment. As a way of recognizing this commitment, SIP Certified is working with stores and grocers to promote sustainable wines. Local and national businesses are eager to provide their customers with sustainable options and stores are adding... [Read more...]


9/10 Would Recommend SIP Certified

September 28, 2015

Participants confirm that they have sold fruit, earned a premium for fruit, increased shelf space, garnered favorable press, and received regulatory relief as a result of SIP Certification. Commitment to standards based on science and expert input, independent verification, transparency, and absence of conflict of interest generates recognition by businesses and consumers. SIP staff has responded to dozens of requests for presentations and materials by grower groups, hospitality staff, and retailers. Businesses that sell SIP Certified wines, like grocers and restaurants, are including the seal on their own materials to promote sustainability. [Read more...]


Regulatory Relief for Vineyards

September 21, 2015

"My ranch’s regulatory burden was reduced because of our SIP Certification. It is an important recognition by the Regional Water Quality Control Board to qualify the program’s ability to be a leader in protecting surface and groundwater." - Jim Stollberg, Maverick Farming   [Read more...]


34,000 acres of SIP Certified Vineyards

September 14, 2015

SIP Vineyard Certification is the only program that prohibits the use of specific pesticides. Not only are high-risk materials prohibited, but certification requires that vineyards implement and document cultural practices that fit into an overall integrated pest management program: canopy management to reduce disease pressure; dust management to reduce mite pressure; cover cropping to promote biodiversity and protect soil and water resources; non-cropped area biodiversity areas; extensive scouting and recording; wind measurement prior to spray applications; equipment calibration; backflow prevention devices; community relations plans; employee development and safety programs. These are just a few examples... [Read more...]


90% Retention Rate

September 7, 2015

SIP Certified launched in 2008 with 3,700 acres. To date, 34,000 acres are SIP Certified with more signing up for the 2016 vintage. Participants confirm that they have sold fruit, earned a premium for fruit, increased shelf space, garnered favorable press, and received regulatory relief as a result of SIP Certification. The certification has a 90 percent retention rate – participants continue with the program. SIP Certification has a consumer facing element making it easy for wineries to communicate their dedication to sustainability with their customers. Wines confirmed to have at least 85% certified fruit may... [Read more...]


1.75 Million SIP Certified Cases of Wine

August 31, 2015

What do you get when you pick up a bottle of SIP Certified wine? The SIP Certified seal authenticates that the winegrower has passed a rigorous certification process for sustainable agriculture and business practices and is dedicated to: Preserving and protecting the natural environment Treating the employees and community with care Using sound business practices that recognize the impact of today’s actions on the future To date, over 1.75 million cases of wine are SIP Certified and we look forward to seeing more and more enter the marketplace each year. Ask for on SIP Certified... [Read more...]