Sustainability in Practice (SIP) Certification

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. The comprehensive rules for SIP Certification address many interrelated 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 SIP requirements look at the farm in its entirety: the worker, soil fertility, cover crops, wildlife, native plants, irrigation, and more.