What are Certifications
Farm certifications confirm characteristics of the production of winegrapes. Most certifications are verified by an independent third party. Examples are Organic and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Growers participate in certification programs for several reasons including: Many wine customers and wineries demand production practices meet certain standards, certifications can increase the price winegrapes demand on the market, and certifications help differentiate a growers grapes.
Everyvine supports agricultural certifications because we believe producers with common standards are more discoverable. This allows both the public and private sectors to send money to farmers whose practices they support.
Everyvine tracks the following farm certifications
|California Certified Organic Farmers||CCOF promotes and supports organic food and agriculture.||www.ccof.org|
|Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing||Dedicated to increasing the sustainability of the California wine industry by promoting the adoption of sustainable practices and ensuring continual improvement.||www.sustainablewinegrowing.org|
|Demeter Certified Biodynamic||Biodynamic® farming free of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers in the same manner as certified organic farming.||www.demeterbta.com/certification.html|
|Fish Friendly Farming||Certification program for agricultural properties that are managed to restore fish and wildlife habitat and improve water quality.||www.fishfriendlyfarming.org|
|Food Alliance||Provides comprehensive third-party certification for social and environmental responsibility in agriculture and the food industry.||foodalliance.org|
|Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design||Provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.||www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=1988|
|Low Input Viticulture & Enology||Uses international standards of sustainable viticultural and enological practices in both wine-grape and wine production.||liveinc.org|
|Lodi Rules||Promotes practices that enhance biodiversity, soil and water health, community and employee well-being, while meeting our needs today without compromising the needs of future generations.||www.lodiwine.com/certified-green/lodi-rules-for-sustainable-winegrowing|
|Napa Green Land||Enhances the watershed and restores habitat with sustainable agriculture practices.||www.napagreen.org/Green_Land_overview.aspx|
|Oregon Certified Sustainable Wine||Combines third party certifications to give the wine buyer one clear mark with which to easily identify an Oregon Certified Sustainable Wine.||ocsw.org|
|Oregon Tilth||A system that combines strict production standards, on-site inspections, and legally binding contracts to protect the producers and buyers of organic products.||tilth.org/certification|
|Salmon-Safe||Focuses on reducing runoff from hillside vineyards and enhancement of native biodiversity on vineyard sites.||www.salmonsafe.org|
|Sustainability in Practice||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.||www.sipcertified.org/our-story/vineyard-certification.php|
|USDA Organic||USDA’s National Organic Program regulates the standards for any farm, wild crop harvesting, or handling operation that wants to sell an agricultural product as organically produced.||www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=ORGANIC_CERTIFICATIO|
If you have any comments about the certifications Everyvine tracks, or want anther certification added to the list, contact us.