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February 18



When a consumer is on the wine aisle their decision-making process can be daunting. From finding the right Chardonnay to pair with their fish or that Zinfandel to enjoy on their patio, the options oftentimes seem endless. Aside from the consumer’s personal experience with brands, regions, and varietals, it’s becoming apparent that their values are also playing a huge role in purchasing decisions. It’s evident that conveying your brand values on your label is crucial to stand out on the shelf. 



Neilson Study Shows


Consumers Want Sustainable


Consumers are wildly more educated than ever before and though many find terms like organic and biodynamic to be hard to understand, sustainability has a larger universal understanding and connection. According to a recent Neilson Study,

"...brands that are able to strategically connect (sustainability) to actual behavior are in a good place to capitalize on increased consumer expectation and demand. Sustainability claims on the packaging must also reflect how the company operates inside and out.” 


Whole Foods Wants Sustainable on the Label


It’s important to create a narrative on the bottle that speaks to the emotive why your brand chooses the sustainable path rather than belaboring consumers with complicated technical reasons as to how you do it. You want to grab customers in that split second when they look at labels since you can’t be there to talk in detail about your sustainable practices. 

Whole Foods head wine buyer Doug Bell encourages wineries to boast their environmentally friendly practices front and center on their label. He speaks passionately about this,

“If you guys depend on Whole Foods to solely tell your message, we’re going to fail. We can’t do it by ourselves. We will never move the needle until these environmentally and socially conscious practices are touted in the labeling and the messaging.”

The SIP Certified logo is available to place on the front or back of your label. This information is crucial in helping you sell your wine at stores. In addition, there is a sense of pride when consumers find a wine with a great story. Having certification present on the bottle distinguishes you from other brands, gratifies the consumer by aligning with their values, and delivers a story that goes beyond the glass. 


Add the Logo to Your Label Today


  • Certify any wine made with at least 85% SIP Certified fruit (estate or purchased).
  • Wines can be certified at any time.
  • Inspector reviews block to bottle documentation for 20% of the applied for wines.


To get started, contact Heather Thomas at or by calling 805.466.2288.