Office Hours Recording: Chapters 3 & 4
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Office Hours Recording: Chapters 3 & 4

posted: December 12, 2023

This Office Hours webinar focuses on two SIP Certified Standards chapters:

 • Ch. 3: Winery Facility Establishment & Management
 • Ch 4: Vineyard Soil Conservation & Surface Water Quality


Summary & Resources


Chapter 3


You could be working with a new facility or an existing one - that's why this chapter has a lot of Management Enhancements (ME), as they allow for flexibility when it comes to earning points.

If you're working with an existing facility:

  • Find someone who has institutional knowledge about the facility's construction.
  • Work with a consultant to help grab some of the ME points.
  • Don't sweat it if you can't grab a ton of points here! You can always pick up extra ME points in other chapters.
  • *3.1.1: Your ventilation system(s) must be designed to handle all chemicals and gasses involved in wine production.
    • Fume hoods in the lab, exhaust fans and ensuring proper airflow in chemical storage rooms.
    • Designated or portable fans can be used to evacuate CO2.
  • 3.1.3: Is your building located to take advantage of solar orientation for daylighting, passive heating and/or cooling, etc.?
    • For existing buildings that didn't incorporate this into design, you can receive your fruit deliveries on the shady-side of the building.
  • 3.1.5: Does the building have glazing, high U-value, or other high efficiency windows installed and/or solar shading?
    • You can grab these points by applying a glazing/solar shading on your existing windows!


Chapter 4


  • *4.1.1: The soil must be sampled and tested at least every five years for nutrient content and monitored for pH, Electrical Conductivity (EC), and toxicities.
  • 4.1.2: Do you use tractors and/or vineyard equipment that minimize soil compaction, such as high floatation tires, track-layers, or over the row equipment?
    • Start by looking at your tire's tractors - high-flotation are common retrofits!
  • 4.1.3: Is your soil amendment program based on visual, tissue, water, and soil sampling?
  • 4.1.4: If there is a soil permeability problem, have management practices been used to improve water infiltration?
    • Gypsum can help.
    • Compost can improve soil permiability over time.
    • Roots in the soil help improve soil permiability (weeds, covercrops, etc.).
  • 4.1.5: If soil tests reveal increases in salt content as measured by electrical conductivity (EC), have you taken corrective action? 
    • Some areas have salty soils and salty water! A professional can help you come up with an action plan.
    • Stay tuned for Episode #217 of the Sustainable Winegrowing podcast!
  • 4.1.7: Are pesticide storage facilities designed for containment of spills?
    • If your shed wasn't built with a containment wall, you can build a berm around your storage shed.
  • 4.1.8: Do you store liquid materials separately from dry materials, and are dry materials elevated above the spill zone?
    • Could be as simple as putting liquid and dry matierals on opposite sides of the shed.
    • Or, store them in separate sheds.
  • 4.1.9: Is mixing and loading performed on sites with low runoff hazard?
    • Don't load next to streams or on slopes.
    • Find an area that is away from where people normally work.
  • *4.2.1: You must know the watershed and subwatershed where your vineyard is located.
  • *4.2.2: A winter cover crop (resident or planted) must be maintained.
    • Take your photos!
    • Do your winterization right after harvest! Cover crops (*4.2.2), practices to minimize offsite movement of sediment (*4.2.3), etc.

Reach out!

We are here to help answer your questions and get the resources you need to achieve SIP Certified. Please be sure to name a Standard by number (e.g. 5.4.1) when you reach out.

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