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Here’s How You Made a Difference

Dec 01, 2022

On GivingTuesday you helped raise $61,561.70 to provide academic opportunities to children of vineyard and winery workers. That’s amazing! more info

Help Students like Lizbeth this GivingTuesday

Nov 26, 2022

Since Lizbeth’s parents didn’t even have the opportunity to attend high school, she always felt it was important for her to take the opportunities she could find to continue her own education. Lizbeth says, “My parents have sacrificed so much for my siblings and me. Continuing my education is just a small way for me to pay them back for everything they have done for me and my brothers and sister.” more info

Evelyn’s Story is so Inspiring

Nov 19, 2022

While Evelyn’s family always encouraged her to attend college, their economic struggles meant that the dream would be hard won. Due to a physical disability, her father was not able to work, leaving her mother to be the sole provider for the family of four. Evelyn was determined to attain higher education, and sought out financial aid and scholarships to cover her educational expenses. She remains enduringly grateful for the aid. more info

Niner Wine Estate's Buck-a-Bottle month supports the Juan Nevarez Memorial Scholarship

Nov 16, 2022

November is Buck-a-Bottle month for Niner Wine Estates. Every year, for every bottle that is sold in their tasting room and online, $1 is donated to a local charity fund. This year, Niner is donating to the Juan Nevarez Memorial Scholarship. more info

Californian Vintners Report High Quality for 2022 Harvest

Nov 15, 2022

Wine Industry Advisor recently released a Press Release on the 2022 winegrape harvest season, stating that after a season of curveballs, vintners across the state are expecting a high-quality 2022 vintage. more info

Make a Gift, Change a Students Life

Nov 12, 2022

This year, Vineyard Team is participating in GivingTuesday! Our goal is to raise $75,000 to provide academic opportunities to children of vineyard and winery workers — but we’ll only reach that goal through the kindness and generosity of people like you. Will you support us on GivingTuesday? more info

You could win a 2023 Green Medal Award!

Nov 07, 2022

Applications are being accepted for the 9th Annual California Green Medal Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Awards. SIP Certified members have received awards in previous years -- you could be next!<br /> <br /> Applications will be accepted through January 20, 2023. more info

“The biggest inheritance that I’m going to leave you…”

Nov 05, 2022

“You need to have a degree.” Mia, daughter of Juan Nevarez, heard it all of her life. “Education opens doors and will help you to become self-sufficient. People won’t take you seriously without it, and you’ll have to work extra hard to demonstrate that you know what you know.” more info

2023 Vineyard Team Grower Membership

Oct 31, 2022

It is time to renew your 2023 Vineyard Team Grower Membership. As you know, Vineyard Team is dedicated to bringing you the latest sustainable viticulture knowledge. more info

Exciting News for the Juan Nevarez Memorial Scholarship!

Oct 29, 2022

$1.3 Million Raised for the Children of Vineyard and Winery Workers<br /> Wine industry and business leaders from across the country once again came together at Must! Charities’ PURPOSE event with a shared passion to give back—and the results were astounding. more info

Fall Wine Experiences from Hotel San Luis Obispo

Oct 13, 2022

Now through December 18th, Hotel San Luis Obispo, a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of San Luis Obispo’s vibrant downtown, invites wine lovers to discover the beauty of the Central Coast during harvest with a host of fall-inspired experiences. They have teamed with two SIP Certified brands to offer guests incredible deals featuring sustainable wines! more info

Growing Grapes while Protecting Lakes

Oct 03, 2022

Chantal Lefebvre, owner of WaterFire Vineyards, the first property outside of California to be SIP Certified, was recently interviewed by Jennifer Kiel of Michigan Farmer to talk about the history of their vineyard, and how they have used their sustainable certification to differentiate their business and demonstrate how to grow grapes while protecting the lakes. more info

From the Crops to the Classroom

Sep 21, 2022

As a young child living in a small home in Mexico City, Esteban Garcia recalls using sun-warmed water from a 5-gallon bucket to bathe. “There were three of us kids and my mom had one for each of us,” he shares. “We grew up in poverty.”When the family moved to the U.S. in 2000, they found work as pickers in the fields of Santa Maria. Esteban remembers using his small hands to help his family collect strawberries and other seasonal produce starting each morning at 5am. more info

How $1 Million will Change the Life of the Next Generation

Aug 31, 2022

First-generation students have more barriers when it comes to attaining higher education – they cannot ask their parents how to navigate the system. With this new funding, the program can expand to have an even greater impact. more info

Congratulations, 10-Year SIP Certified Members!

Aug 29, 2022

Congratulations to our 10-year members! Sustainable agriculture is critical in the preservation and protection of the people and the planet, and farmers and producers like SIP Certified members put sustainability at the forefront of their business practices to ensure they are doing their part in protecting these precious resources. more info

$1 Million Raised for the Children of Vineyard & Winery Workers

Aug 23, 2022

Wine industry and business leaders from across the country once again came together at Must! Charities’ PURPOSE event with a shared passion to give back—and the results were astounding. The evening’s “Fund a Need” raised $1 million to benefit the Vineyard Team’s Juan Nevarez Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides academic opportunities to children of vineyard and winery workers. more info

$62,000 Awarded to Children of Farmworkers

Jul 26, 2022

The Vineyard Team’s Juan Nevarez Memorial Scholarship Helps Children of Farmworkers go to College more info

Vineyard Team: An Award Winning Organization

Apr 11, 2022

Did you know that the Vineyard Team is an award-winning organization? 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. more info

Peer Review of the 2023 SIP Certified Standards

Mar 30, 2022

Every five years, the SIP Certified Standards undergo a peer review by representatives from the university and extension system, state and federal agencies, agricultural professionals, and environmental and social organizations. These experts are asked to review the Standards chapters and provide their feedback via comments and questions. The 2023 SIP Certified Standards peer review was completed in February 2022 by fifteen experts in the field, and the Technical Advisory Committee reviewed the comments in March 2022. more info

Cal Poly Survey Reveals that Being SIP Certified Increases the Adoption of Irrigation Efficiency Best Management Practices

Mar 21, 2022

In 2021, Dustin Tran and Nicholas Lawrence Babin of California Polytechnical Institute conducted a survey of 91 vineyard managers in the Paso Robles American Viticultural Area. The aim of their study was to assess the level of, and barriers to, adopting six irrigation efficiency best management practices (BMP). more info

Top 5 Sustainable Winegrowing Podcasts in 2021

Dec 29, 2021

No matter what role you have in the business of winegrowing, Sustainable Winegrowing with the Vineyard Team provides information and education to help you stay up-to-date with the latest science and research in the field. Today, we bring you the Top 5 Sustainable Winegrowing Podcasts of 2021. more info

2022 Vineyard Team Business Membership Tiers

Dec 13, 2021

We have expanded Business Membership tiers for 2022. Please read the details below so your company can have access to Vineyard Team Business Membership benefits all year long. more info

Make a Gift, Change a Students Life

Nov 11, 2021

You might have heard about our Juan Nevarez Memorial Scholarship. We know higher education is important to many students but paying for college can be challenging. The Vineyard Team’s Juan Nevarez Memorial Scholarship helps college students whose parents work in members' vineyards and wineries achieve their dreams. more info

The Best Gift you can Give Someone is a Gift of Education

Nov 10, 2021

The Vineyard Team's Juan Nevarez Memorial Scholarship honors Juan Nevarez, a beloved member of the Central Coast winegrape industry, whose kindness, expertise, and passion shaped so many local vineyards. Juan Nevarez was a dreamer. But the difference between Juan and many at that time was his ability to turn his dreams into reality and share that opportunity for others. The Vineyard Team is proud to pay tribute to a Paso Robles Pioneer through this scholarship that supports families of vineyard employees in their educational pursuits. more info

Esteban’s Story of Achieving Higher Education is so Inspiring

Oct 27, 2021

We know higher education is important to many students but paying for college can be challenging. The Vineyard Team’s Juan Nevarez Memorial Scholarship helps college students whose parents work in our members' vineyards and wineries achieve their dreams. Help us reach our goal to raise $50,000 by December 1. YOU can make a life-changing impact on a student’s future. more info