Sustainability 101 Making sense of labels on responsibly-made wines
Sustainable An unregulated term for any winery that seeks to conserve natural resources. Lone Madrone Winery (www.LoneMadrone.com) categorizes its winery as sustainable.
SIP-Certified SIP stands for “Sustainability In Practice,” a certification that guarantees that a producer has met rigorous standards including habitat conservation, energy efficiency, pest management, water conservation, economic stability and human resources. Peachy Canyon (www.PeachyCaynon.com) is SIP-certified.
Organic According to the USDA, which regulates organic certification, “organic” indicates that a wine has been produced through approved methods that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance and conserve biodiversity. More commonly, organic describes a wine that is produced without the use of artificial chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides and herbicides. Tablas Creek Vineyard (www.TablasCreek.com) is a certified organic winery.
Biodynamic Biodynamic is a regulated term for a holistic approach to agriculture in which the whole of creation (the cosmos) – air, water, soil, sun and moon – are interconnected. Biodynamic farming not only encourages the elimination of all chemicals used in farming, but also involves the farmer paying close attention to the forces of nature influencing his/her farm entity. Ambyth Estate (www.AmbythEstate. com) is a certified biodynamic producer. SPRING 2013 THE WINEPRESS MAGAZINE
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