Grower resources

Your home for all LODI RULES Resources

This page is designed for new and continuing LODI RULES growers. It is a collection of resources needed to certify your vineyards under the LODI RULES Sustainable Winegrowing program, including all documents, instructions, and contact information. 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 accredited, certified, and 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: stephanie@lodiwine.com or 209.367.4727.

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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 120 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 stephanie@lodiwine.com or 209.367.4727.  Binders can also be picked up at the Lodi Winegrape Commission between 8:30am – 5:30pm on weekdays or 10:00am – 6pm on weekends (2545 W. Turner Rd., Lodi, CA).  An introduction to the program and the LODI RULES Standards can be downloaded as a PDF HERE.

How to Apply or Add New Acres as a Returning Grower

TO RECEIVE AN APPLICATION for the 2018 certification year, contact Jane Vandine by email (jvandine@sureharvest.com) or phone 831.477.7797.

TO ADD NEW ACRES AS A RETURNING GROWER, fill out the Excel file which Jane emails you called “COMPANY NAME – 2018 Renewing Fields” accordingly, following the instructions on how to add blocks at the top.  Jane will then update your 2018 online self-assessment with the new blocks.

2018 Certification Calendar

  • Jan 17………2017 Year-End Recap Event, Elks Lodge, Woodbridge
  • Jan 17………Sustainable Vision Workshop, Elks Lodge, Woodbridge
  • February 15…LODI RULES e-applications and fees due to Protected Harvest
  • March 1…….Self-assessment opens online
  • May 1………Self-assessments due – online access closes May 2
  • 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

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 their 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.

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 (*exception for 2017 certification year = max 65 units).
    • 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 (last updated on 8.30.2017). If you plan to use a pesticide that is not on the list during the 2018 growing season, please contact Dr. Stephanie Bolton with the pesticide name at stephanie@lodiwine.com or (209) 367-4727 no later than July 1st, 2018.

Quick tip: One way to search the PDF documents for a given pesticide is with your computer’s built in search capabilities. 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 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 6Permanent signs are a wonderful way to communicate your commitment to sustainable agriculture. Signs are available for purchase to all certified 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 Markle at Gary’s Signs. Robyn is happy to communicate via email (robynm@garyssigns.com) or by telephone at 209.369.8592 (7:30am – 5pm).  More information can be found HERE.

Event Calendar
  1. PCA NETWORK BREAKFAST MEETING & MEALYBUG TRAP WORKSHOP

    May 1 @ 7:30 am - 10:30 am
  2. REC COMM. MEETING

    May 11 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm