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(The below is borrowed from the SIP website.)
The Sustainability in Practice (SIP)™ Certification program recognizes a vineyard’s commitment to environmental stewardship, equitable treatment of employees, and economic stability.
SIP Certification speaks to the farmer’s commitment to protecting both natural and human resources. Growers and winemakers recognize that mindful fruit production and care for workers’ well-being are important components of quality wine.
SIP’s comprehensive rules, otherwise known as the Standards, address many inter-related elements of the whole farm system. Habitat conservation, energy efficiency, pest management, water conservation, economic stability, and human resources are some of the key elements of the program. The Standards look at the farm in its entirety: the worker, soil fertility, cover crops, wildlife, native plants, irrigation and more.
It took us four years to develop the Standards. Over 30 environmental, regulatory, and academic representatives independently reviewed our work. In order to qualify for certification, growers must have their practices verified through in-depth records and on-site audits by accredited independent inspectors. A separate Certification Advisory Committee then determines eligibility based on reports from auditors. During the evaluation process, the name of the vineyard remains anonymous.
The farmers and wineries show their dedication through daily practice of sustainable farming methods and by investing in certification. Wine lovers interested in showing their dedication to these shared values can do so by choosing SIP Certified wines. The SIP Certified seal assures that the farmer has completed a process verifying that the fruit was grown with respect for the land, and the wine was made with SIP certified fruit.
For more information, please visit the SIP website.