Have you heard the exciting news?
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. Since joining the Team in 2009, it has been a true pleasure to work with each of you as SIP Certified expanded from 9,000 acres to over 42,000 acres, added a winery certification component, and now has over 50 million bottles of certified wines. And I look forward to continuing to support all of our SIP Certified members as we positively impact more acres, wineries, neighborhoods, and communities for years to come.
We have a solid transition plan and will maintain all of the programming the Vineyard Team currently has in place. Working with Kris Beal over the years has more than prepared me for this role as she’s been an amazing leader and advocate for sustainable agriculture.
I look forward to continuing the Vineyard Team’s mission to identify and promote the most environmentally safe, viticulturally and economically sustainable farming methods, while maintaining or improving the quality and flavor of wine grapes. From educational programming to hosting the Sustainable Ag Expo, running the SIP Certified program, and hosting a bi-weekly podcast, “Sustainable Winegrowing”, the Vineyard Team will continue to be a thought leader in the ag space with you.
Here's to 2022 and exciting new beginnings.