Lafond Vineyards obtained their SIP (Sustainability In Practice) Certificate in 2016. David Lafond initiated the program several years ago and after much work brought it to fruition. The paragraphs below will give some explanation. For more information: click here.
The California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) developed a third-party certification program related to the California Sustainable Winegrowing Program (SWP) to increase the sustainability of the California wine industry by promoting the adoption of sustainable practices and ensuring continual improvement.
The goals of the certification program, Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing (CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE), are to enhance transparency, encourage statewide participation and advance the entire California wine industry toward best practices in environmental stewardship, conservation of natural resources and socially equitable business practices.
(The image above shows the removal of weeds between the vines at our vineyard. The tractor is draging, both sides, a scraping plow that pulls out the weeds. This will be repeated, as necessary, during the growing season eliminating the need for herbicides.)