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 and audited.  Click HERE or on the binder cover photo to the right to access a PDF with the current LODI RULES standards and introduction.

The information included in this page is intended to help make the road to certification a smooth one.

Have questions? Contact Dr. Stephanie Bolton, LODI RULES Sustainable Winegrowing Director, at the Lodi Winegrape Commission: stephanie@lodiwine.com 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 100+ standards. The binder is to be used in tandem with the online self-assessment website (see below). A print or digital version of the binder can be requested by contacting Dr. Stephanie Bolton, LODI RULES Sustainable Winegrowing Director, at stephanie@lodiwine.com or 209.367.4727. Binders can also be picked up at the Lodi Winegrape Commission between 8:30am – 5:00pm on weekdays (2545 W. Turner Rd., Lodi, CA) or at our annual meeting held in January or February each year. An introduction to the program and the LODI RULES Standards can be downloaded as a PDF HERE.

2019 LODI RULES Certification Calendar

Click HERE for a PDF version of the calendar, which includes program contact information.

mid-January

LODI RULES e-applications are sent to growers from Protected Harvest

January 23

Annual LODI RULES Year-End Recap grower & winery meeting in Lodi

February 15

LODI RULES e-applications & fees due to Protected Harvest

by February 28

Online Self-Assessment username/password & certification materials emailed to growers by Protected Harvest

March 1

Online Self-Assessment opens (lodirules.protectedharvest.org)

by April 15

Auditor emails growers a list of who will receive on-site audits

May 1

Online Self-Assessments are due (lodirules.protectedharvest.org)

May 15

On-Site Audits begin (scheduled between Auditors & Growers)

July 1

Deadline for submitting new pesticides needing PEAS units to Stephanie Bolton

August 1

On-Site Audits end

October 31

Final date to submit all documentation, including PEAS reports & off-site audit documents, to Auditor in order to pass certification

August – November

LODI RULES certificates emailed to passing growers from Protected Harvest as certification is approved

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.”  For a list of “Fail Chapter” Standards click HERE.

LODI RULES Management Plans

The LODI RULES Program involves creating and updating management plans such as a human resources management plan, an ecosystem management plan, and a nutrient management plan.  For a list of management plans (including examples of several plans and tips on how to write them) please check out Tab 10 in your LODI RULES binder or click HERE.  You can also view webinars on how to write many of the plans HERE.

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 2019 growing season, please contact Dr. Stephanie Bolton with the pesticide name at stephanie@lodiwine.com or (209) 367-4727 no later than July 1st, 2019.

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’s LODI RULES Certification Manual

The LODI RULES 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.

LODI RULES Online Self-Assessment Website

In addition to the LODI RULES for Sustainable Winegrowing Certification Standards, Third Edition binder, Protected Harvest’s online self-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.

LODI RULES Online Self-Assessment User Guide

The Online Self-Assessment User Guide provides detailed step-by-step instructions for navigating the online self-assessment website. The user guide is included in the LODI RULES for Sustainable Winegrowing Certification Standards, Third Edition binder in Tab 9.

LODI RULES Marketing Tools

In 2019, we responded to requests from growers by introducing a Marketing Tab to the LODI RULES binders.  This new Marketing Tab includes the following materials which will help you share your sustainability message with the world:

Vineyard and Winery Signs

Permanent signs are a wonderful way to communicate your commitment to sustainable agriculture. Signs are available for purchase to all growers participating in the LODI RULES program (certificate required) 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 (robynm@garyssigns.com) or by telephone at 209.369.8592 (7:30am – 5pm).  Signs may bear the LODI RULES or the CALIFORNIA RULES seals.