The Lodi Woodbridge Winegrape Commission has formally introduced its new sustainable winegrowing certification. The “Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing” are California’s first peer-reviewed sustainable wine growing standards. The Lodi rules…

The Lodi Woodbridge Winegrape Commission has formally introduced its new sustainable winegrowing certification. The “Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing” are California’s first peer-reviewed sustainable wine growing standards. The Lodi rules rate growers along a number of metrics including adherence to sustainable farming practices, adoption of socially responsible labor practices, and the volume of pesticide and other chemical use.

In addition to showing off a vineyard’s environmental consciousness, the program is being positioned as a potentially valuable branding opportunity for US wine growers. There are a few other certifications for ecologically responsible wine growing including the international ISO 14001 standard and the Winegrowing Institute’s Code of Sustainable Practices.

Lodi Press Release

Lodi Sustainable Viticulture Program

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