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SIP Certified Tips: Chapter 3 & 4 (Vineyard & Winery)

December 4, 2018

These tips are to help you update your certification documents a little each month to prepare for your inspection, scheduled between June 1 through July 15, 2019 to achieve SIP Certified. Although the tips do not cover every Standard, they help you complete the major milestones. 3: Winery Facility Establishment and Management 4: Vineyard Soil Conservation and Surface Water Quality Login to the database to read each specific Standard as you implement and document them. Unless noted otherwise in the Standards, documentation should reflect practices from Dec. 1, 2018 to June/July 2019. Get the Year... [Read more...]


NEW Tools to Complete Ch 14 Water & Nitrogen Use Reports

November 27, 2018

SIP Certified vineyards complete and submit Chapter 14 year end water and Nitrogen use reports annually by December 15 (December 14 for 2018). We have some great new tools to help complete these calculations. Calculating the amount of water and Nitrogen applied to a vineyard are important for tracking inputs and improving efficiency. Required for SIP Certified vineyards and a helpful tool for any farmer, the below workbook and tutorial videos cover how to interpret soil and water analysis reports and how to calculate total water applied from irrigation, frost protection, and rainfall plus total... [Read more...]


12/1 – Renew Vineyard & Winery Certification

November 7, 2018

Dec. 1 – Renew for 2019 Please renew your vineyard and/or winery certification by December 1, 2018. The renewal application takes less than 5 minutes. Please note: documentation for your inspection is not due until summer 2019. Login at https://app.sipcertified.org Click Certifications Click Renew (to the right of the property(ies) name) Read the instructions Check all boxes, initial and click “Renew My Certification Now” Review your contact information and blocks & acres (vineyards) You are DONE! [Read more...]


12/14 – Vineyard & Winery Year Ends Due

November 7, 2018

Dec. 14 – Year Ends Due Note this is for 2018 Certification. Submit via the online database to your inspector: Vineyards 9.1.1 July 1 – November 30, 2018 pesticide use reports Chapter 14 End of Year Use Reports Get the tools to complete chapter 14 Water & Nitrogen Use Reports Wineries 3.3.1 test for noise output every three years during peak daytime and nighttime operations.   [Read more...]


Fifth Annual California Green Medal: Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Awards

November 4, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO — California vineyards and wineries are encouraged to apply for the 2019 California Green Medal: Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Awards. Applications are now being accepted at www.greenmedal.org. The California Green Medal is presented by California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA), California Association of Winegrape Growers, Wine Institute, Lodi Winegrape Commission, Napa Valley Vintners, Sonoma County Winegrowers and The Vineyard Team. California vineyards and wineries that participate in a sustainability program in the state are eligible to apply in four award categories that recognize outstanding achievement in sustainability: Leader Award, given to the vineyard or winery... [Read more...]


12/4 Water and Nitrogen Use Workshop (Chapter 14)

October 23, 2018

This tailgate walks you through SIP Certified® Standards Chapter 14 Year End Water and Nitrogen Use Reports which are due December 14, 2018. Dec 4, 2018 | 9:00am to 12:00pm ADD TO CALENDAR Castoro Cellars | 1315 N. Bethel Road | Templeton, CA 93465 VIEW MAP     Calculating the amount of water and Nitrogen applied to a vineyard are important for tracking inputs and improving efficiency. This workshop will include how to interpret soil and water analysis reports and how to calculate total water applied from irrigation, frost protection, and rainfall plus total nitrogen... [Read more...]


13.1.2 Sustainability Plan Standard on Hold

June 20, 2018

Standard 13.1.2 is on hold for 2018 so participants do not need to complete it at this time. The SIP Certified Standards are a “living document” – they are updated with new science, technology, and best practices to continue to set the gold standard for sustainability. This year, Standard 13.1.2 - sustainability plan - was added to the program to capture the importance of long term sustainability. We have received a few questions from our participants on how to best fulfill this Requirement. In order to best serve everyone in the program, we are putting this... [Read more...]


Top 3 Ways to Stay Up to Date with SIP Certified

June 14, 2018

Whether you are managing SIP Certified at your property, want to learn how to communicate sustainability, or just love sustainable wine, it is easy to keep up to date with SIP Certified. Here are three ways we can help support your good work. e-Newsletter Whether you manage a certified vineyard and/or winery, work in the tasting room, or are in the market selling wines, the monthly e-newsletter will give you tips and tricks on how to share your commitment to sustainability. Tips and deadlines to maintain your certification Tools to educate your team Ideas on... [Read more...]


How SIP Certified Maintains the Gold Standard for Sustainability

June 6, 2018

Since 2008, SIP Certified has infused grape growing and wine making with a sense of responsibility. Participants in SIP Certified may find new Standards (farming and wine processing practices) each year as better practices are researched and developed. Suggested updates to the program come from industry experts and stakeholders. A Technical Advisory Committee oversees changes to the program, balancing the addition and removal of questions as we and our participants continue to set the gold standard for sustainability. How the Standards Get Updated Certification Standards are a “living document” – they are updated as science... [Read more...]


5/23 & 5/24 How to Get SIP Certified Webinars

April 20, 2018

How to Get SIP Certified Webinars Join either the 5/23 or the 5/24 How to Get SIP Certified webinar for: Program deadlines review Tips to complete certification at your vineyard and/or winery New database tools that will help you streamline your certification Dates May 23, 2018 | 9:00 am PST | Register May 24, 2018 | 9:00 am PST | Register Get the Web Calendar See all SIP Certified dates and events – click this link and click “+GoogleCalendar” on the bottom right to add to your calendar. [Read more...]