Sustainability in the winemaking business seems to be common practice these days. A number of certifications now exist for vineyards and wineries to highlight their sustainability practices, from energy efficiency to biodiversity, waste management and more.
While certifications exist across regions, we took a look at two California-based certification programs to find out what they look for in sustainable vineyards. The Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing is California’s first third-party certified sustainable winegrowing program. According to their website, the Lodi Rules “takes a comprehensive approach to farming that goes beyond just pest management to promote practices that enhance biodiversity, water and air quality, soil health, and employee and community well-being.” If a winemaker wants to bear the Lodi Rules seal, their wine must be at least 85% produced using ingredients from certified vineyards, and vineyards need to qualify for certification annually.
Another California-based certification program, Sustainability in Practice (SIP), touts over 32,000 certified acres across California. The program focuses on factors such as: Air and water quality, social responsibility, integrated pest management, and continuing education. They, too, require a minimum of 85% certified fruit in order to bare the SIP seal.
We took a look at Lodi Rules- and SIP-certified winemakers across California, and picked 7 of our favorite sustainable wineries right now:
Baker & Brain
Baker & Brain defines their practice as “wine with a purpose”. Several of their wines are SIP-certified and all of their wine is produced at a winery that recycles 100% of their waste. The facility is also solar-powered.
(Photo courtesy of Ampelos Cellars)
Ripken Vineyards & Winery
With perhaps one of the best descriptions ever written, Ripken Vineyards & Winery explains, “We consider ourselves an artisan ‘barnista’ winery that is uniquely different, electric, eclectic, quirky, esoteric, even wacky, but never boring or weird.” They are Lodi Rules certified.
(Photo courtesy of Peltier Winery)
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This is part three of our series this month on sustainability in the beverage industry.