Sustainability Leader Since 1994
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A Leader in Sustainable Winegrowing Since 1994

Looking for viticulture education and to build your industry network but do not know where to start? Being a Vineyard Team Member gives you access to the latest science-based practices, experts, growers, and wine industry tools through both in-field and online education so you can grow your business.

How Does Being a Vineyard Team Member Help You?

  • In-field and online education from researchers and experienced growers.                                                                              
  • DPR and CCA approved education hours.
  • Discounts to the Sustainable Ag Expo, the premier ag event for progressive winegrowers.
  • Industry representation for a variety of regulatory and community issues.
  • Discounted application fees for SIP Certified, the gold standard, third-party verified sustainable winegrowing program.


Networking with Like-minded Growers & Vendors

The Vineyard Team is dedicated to providing you with the latest sustainable farming practices through field demonstrations, expert presentations, research, and grower-to-grower networking. Since 1994, we have partnered with hundreds of growers to promote sustainable winegrowing and we love hearing success stories like this from Andy Niner of Niner Wine Estates:

“Farming is hard. It’s a huge benefit to be part of a community of like-minded farmers that work together openly to figure out how to improve and overcome challenges.”

Check out the Member Roster.

Become a Member Today

For growers, wineries, and agricultural vendors dedicated to sustainable winegrowing.

  1. Click Join Now and choose your Grower/Winery or Business Membership level.
  2. Explore our events, Sustainable Ag Expo, SIP Certified, and online content.
  3. Incorporate the latest sustainable winegrowing practices into your business.

Grower/Winery Membership

Becoming a Grower Member gives you access to all Tailgates free of charge, discounts to the Sustainable Ag Expo, and the opportunity to network with like-minded farmers ag professionals. Plus, your membership drives ongoing research and education about sustainable viticulture.

Acres Farmed Cost
0-49 Acres $180
50-99 Acres $200
100-499 Acres $600
500-999 Acres $675
1000-1499 Acres $1325
1500-1999 Acres $1375
2000-2499 Acres $1400
3000+ Acres


Sustaining $5000

Business Membership

Becoming a Vineyard Team Business Member gives you the opportunity to connect with farmers, ag professionals, and pest control advisors so you can network directly with upper-level agricultural decision-makers. Memberships must be finalized by February 28 to receive full benefits.  

Benefits $550 $1,500 $3,000 $5,000 $7,500
(Limit 3)
Member Directory PDF PDF Excel Excel Excel Excel
Tailgate Passes 2 2 2 2 2 2
Website Listing VT VT + Expo VT + Expo VT + Expo VT + Expo VT + Expo
Profile/Logo (Podcast, Newsletter, Social Media) - - 3 5 7 10
Expo Booth with Electricity - Yes Yes Premium Premium Premium
Expo Passes - 2 4 6 6 8
Logo on Expo Signage - - Yes Yes Yes Yes
Expo Stage Acknowledgement - - - - Yes Yes
Virtual Course Advertisement - - - - Yes Yes
Sponsored Posts/Ad Retargeting - - - - - Yes
Expo Title Sponsor - - - - - Yes
Host a Meeting/Workshop - - - - - Yes

Helping You Get the Most From Your Wine Business

Promoting Sustainable Winegrowing Since 1994

Arising from a small grower group’s desire to educate and guide themselves towards sustainable winegrowing practices, the Vineyard Team has become an internationally recognized leader in the sustainability movement. Since 1994, the 501(c)-3 non-profit has served its membership of farmers, winemakers, and industry partners by creating an educational network with the leadership of its staff and board of directors to help growers save resources and money, all while cultivating valuable relationships.

Mission Statement

The Vineyard Team will identify and promote the most environmentally safe, viticulturally and economically sustainable farming methods, while maintaining or improving quality and flavor of wine grapes. The Team will be a model for wine grape growers and will promote the public trust of stewardship for natural resources.

Tailgate Meetings

We bring together researchers and experienced growers to share their expertise on critical resource concerns from irrigation to pest management, soil health to safety training at Tailgate meetings. Not only do growers get timely information, they also have the opportunity to talk directly with each presenter.

Online Courses

We know growers want to learn about the latest science-based practices but the calendar fills up fast. By completing online courses farmers can learn from experts and growers about the most pressing issues in the field to stay up-to-date with viticulture science and regulatory updates on-demand, from anywhere. Plus, many offer DPR and CCA continuing education hours.  

Sustainable Ag Expo

The popularity of Tailgate Meetings spawned the Sustainable Ag Expo - a multi-day educational conference bringing the latest scientific and technical information to growers, pest control advisors, and other agricultural professionals interested in and committed to sustainable farming. Since 2005 the Sustainable Ag Expo has fostered conversations on the most pressing issues in the field including pests and diseases, natural resource conservation, technology adoption, and regulatory compliance.

Demonstration Projects

Demonstration projects help growers learn about new management techniques, successfully adopt new practices, and minimize risk. Staff, technical advisors (University of California Cooperative Extension/university professors), and growers collaborate to implement specific practices and share the results with the winegrowing community. Projects are funded by state grants and the generous contribution of participating grower’s time, materials, land, and funds. 

Sustainable Winegrowing Podcast

Sustainable Winegrowing with the Vineyard Team offers the latest in science and research for the wine industry. This on-the-go, sustainable farming educational resource provides in-depth technical information on topics like integrated pest management, fruit quality, water conservation, and nutrient management from experts like Dr. Mark Fuchs of Cornell University, Dr. Michelle Moyer of Washington State University, Cooperative Extension Specialists, veteran growers, and more. The podcasts help growers make smarter, sustainable vineyard management decisions to increase efficiency, conserve resources, and maximize fruit quality.

Positive Points System

In 1996, the Vineyard Team wrote the first self-assessment for sustainable vineyard farming called the Positive Points System (PPS). Since its inception, over 1,000 evaluations representing 60,000 acres were collected. The PPS helped educate and guide hundreds of growers towards adopting practices that protect both human and natural resources – from soil health to water conservation, social equity to continuing education. Growers and winemakers can still participate in this educational process by completing SIP Certified as a self-assessment.

SIP Certified

Many consumers want to buy sustainable wines but are not sure how to find them. So, in the early 2000s, industry leaders discussed the possible shift from using the PPS as a self-assessment to a third-party certification that would be meaningful, measurable, and verifiable. A year later, technical stakeholders began developing the Standards (rules) to address sustainability on every level from habitat protection to soil quality; water conservation to recycling; social equity to business stability. The SIP Certified vineyard program was piloted in 2008. Because sustainable winemaking does not stop in the vineyard, a program for wineries was piloted in 2016. Today, over 42,000 acres, five wineries, and 49 million bottles of wine meet the programs strict standard for sustainable wine production. SIP Certified shows that growers and wineries use practices that protect the people and planet so their customers know that the wine was made with care.

Juan Nevarez Memorial Scholarship

The Juan Nevarez Memorial Scholarship helps college students whose parents work in our members' vineyards and wineries achieve their dreams. Since 2015, the fund has awarded over $125K in higher education scholarships based on academic excellence, financial need, and community involvement. Many recipients have been first-generation college students.


Our Latest Podcasts

Our Latest Podcasts

Aug 8, 2022

Your brand's website is an excellent hub for consumers to find your brand's core information, such as your address, hours of operation, menu, shop, history, and awards. But what can you to do connect with your loyal supporters in their daily lives? Regularly post on social media, of course!

Aug 4, 2022

Worried about smoke taint? Anita Oberholster, Professor Cooperative Extension Enology in the Department of Viticulture and Enology at the University of California, Davis talk about varieties that can mask smoke flavors, how our senses detect ashy flavors, barrier spray research and gives her number one tip for growers.

Recent Library items

Recent Library Items

Jul 18, 2022

Cal Poly ITRC, together with various irrigation industry leaders and the Irrigation Dealers Association of California, plus with assistance from the California Energy Commission and Pacific Gas & Electric Co., developed the Irrigation Consumer Bill of Rights (ICBR). This supplements various bills written for specific irrigation needs.

Jul 18, 2022

Any employee working during “Night Work”, defined as Between Sunset and Sunrise, must be working with illumination no less than as stated in Table 1 of Section 3449. The employer shall provide and maintain hands-free portable personal lighting or area lighting or both to employees. There is a note that does state there can be a combination of area lighting and a headlamp to help meet the requirement.

Upcoming Tailgates & Workshops

Aug 17
Sustainability in Action | Riverbench Vineyard
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Sustainability in Action | Riverbench Vineyard
Sep 7
Sustainability in Action | McIntyre Vineyards
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Sustainability in Action | McIntyre Vineyards
Sep 21
Sustainability in Action | Niner Wine Estates
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Sustainability in Action | Niner Wine Estates
Nov 14 - Nov 16
2022 Sustainable Ag Expo
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2022 Sustainable Ag Expo