Grower Resources


Your home for all Lodi Rules Resources

This page is designed for continuing and new Lodi Rules growers. It is a comprehensive collection of resources needed to certify your vineyards in the Lodi Rules Sustainable Winegrowing program, including all documents, instructions, and contact information. The Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing is California’s original sustainable viticulture certification program. Our certification process is rigorous, based in science, voluntary, and third-party audited. The information included in this page is intended to help make the road to certification a smooth one.

Have questions? Contact Dr. Stephanie Bolton at the Lodi Winegrape Commission: or 209.367.4727.


Lodi Rules For Sustainable Winegrowing Certification Standards, Third Edition (2017)

The Lodi Rules For Sustainable Winegrowing Certification Standards, Third Edition binder is your primary tool navigating the certification process. Getting your hands on this binder is the first step to becoming Lodi Rules certified. The binder is comprehensive and contains background on the program, instructions and resources, and most importantly it outlines the over 100 standards. The binder is to be used in tandem with the Protected Harvest assessment website (see below). A print or digital version of the binder can be requested by contacting Dr. Stephanie Bolton at or (209) 367-4727.  Binders can also be picked up at the Lodi Winegrape Commission between 8:30am – 5:30pm on weekdays (2545 W. Turner Rd., Lodi, CA).  An introduction to the program and the 2017 Standards can be downloaded as a PDF HERE.

**The third edition was revised for clarity and consistency of wording, not for content.  The Standards that returning growers should pay careful attention to during online assessment cloning are: 1.13 & 1.14 (NEW Bonus Standards), 2.11, 3.1, and 5.13.1. An Audit Prep Checklist is now available as part of the binder, and please ensure that if you use a custom applicator that they keep appropriate spray management plans as well (Standard 6.24).

Protected Harvest Assessment Website

In addition to the Lodi Rules For Sustainable Winegrowing Certification Standards, Third Edition binder, Protected Harvest’s assessment website is an essential tool for Lodi Rules growers. The assessment site allows growers to submit farming practices, which are reviewed by the auditor. All assessments must be completed using this on-line system – no paper assessments are accepted. Log-in information is available from Protected Harvest after certification applications are submitted.

2017 Certification Calendar (click for PDF)

  • February 9……2016 Year-End Recap Event, Burgundy Hall, Lodi, 10:30am *new binders available*
  • February 15….Lodi Rules e-applications and fees due to Protected Harvest
  • March 15*……….Self-assessment opens online (*extended due to overwhelming number of new applicants)
  • May 2…………Self-assessments due – online access closes
  • May 15………..On-site audits begin (Auditor contacts participants for scheduling)
  • August 1………On-site audits end
  • September 1….PEAS due to Auditor (ALL growers, Lodi)
  • September 15..PEAS due to Auditor (ALL growers, later harvest regions)
  • October 31…..Final date to submit all documentation to Auditor

Requirements for Certification

  • Earn a minimum of 50% of total possible points per chapter. Note that the total number of points possible varies depending on vineyard and business characteristics.
  • Earn a minimum of 70% of total possible points over all six chapters.
  • Do not exceed a total of 50 PEAS Environmental Impact Units per vineyard per year.
    • Implement all mandatory standards. Score 0 “fail chapters.”

Pesticide Risk Model: PEAS Instructions and Lists

The most recent lists of PEAS impact units are available as downloadable PDF documents. If you are using a pesticide that is not on the list, please contact Dr. Stephanie Bolton with the pesticide name at or (209) 367-4727 no later than August 1st, 2017.

Quick tip: One way to search the PDF documents for a given pesticide is with your computer’s built in search capabilities. At any time simply use the key pad combination CTRL + F to prompt the search window. Hold down the CTRL key, while still holding it down, press the F key. Doing this will prompt a search window to pop up, usually in the upper right hand corner of your screen. Click in the field to place your cursor, then type in the pesticide name you want to search for, then press enter. Your computer will then locate the first instance that word appears in the document and highlight it. Press the enter key to advance the search to the next instance.

Protected Harvest Certification Manual

The 2017 Protected Harvest Certification Manual provides critical information about the certification process. The manual includes information about the application materials, fees, record-keeping, self-assessment, and auditing. The manual is included in the Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing Certification Standards, Third Edition binder in Tab 8.

Protected Harvest Assessment Application User Guide

The Assessment Application User Guide provides detailed step-by-step instructions for navigating the assessment application website. The user guide is included in the Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing Certification Standards, Third Edition binder in Tab 9.

Vineyard and Winery Signs

Image 6With more and more folks traveling the roads of Lodi Wine Country, we have an opportunity to communicate our commitment to sustainable agriculture. Signs are available for purchase to all growers participating in the Lodi Rules program and all wineries using the Lodi Rules seal on wine labels. The signs can be installed in any high-visibility locations. Two sign options are available, a horizontal orientation and a vertical orientation. The horizontal option (24″ x 32″) is designed to be read from a passing car, so it is well-suited for road-side vineyards. The vertical option (32″ x 24″) is designed for easy installation and its geometry is appropriate for tight spaces such as winery parking lots or seating areas. However, feel free to choose either sign for any application. Signs will be customizable with your vineyard or winery name. Place your orders with Robyn at Gary’s Signs. Robyn is happy to communicate via email ( or by telephone at 209.369.8592 (7:30am – 5pm).

Event Calendar
  1. Grower Marketing Committee Meeting

    August 23 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  2. Executive Committee Meeting

    August 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm