Sustainable WA was built by and for the industry, specifically for Washington vineyards.
Sustainability includes a broad set of science-based practices developed for local conditions and vineyard and winery scale. Objectives include natural resources, watershed protection, soil health, low input farming, employee and community stewardship and climate resiliency.
Sustainable WA covers the pillars of sustainability: environmentally sound, socially equitable, and economically viable. It is a rigorous, science-based program and built with continuous improvement in mind. Sustainable WA was built by and for the industry, specifically for Washington vineyards.
The Certification Process
Apply for Sustainable WA
January – March
You must apply online for the program. The program application includes general applicant information, vineyard operation information, and other details that support audit scoping. 2023 applications are due March 31st.
There is no limit to the total number of vineyards that can be Sustainable WA certified, but audits will be done in the order in which applications are received and confirmed complete.
Complete Your Self-Assessment
April – June
Once your application has been accepted and program fees have been paid, you will receive a email to create your QLBS account, which is the platform that tracks your self-assessment. The self assessment will assess how your vineyard(s) compare to the Sustainable WA Standard.
The Sustainable WA Winegrape Standard is a rigorously vetted set of sustainability best practices in Washington’s viticulture industry. It is built on the 3 pillars of sustainability: environmentally sound, socially equitable, and economically viable.
Prepare for Your Audit
July – September
Prepare for your audit, which will occur before the end of September on a mutually agreed upon date.
To pass the audit, your vineyard must meet the requirements outlined in the Sustainable WA Standard.
Celebrate Your Certification!
October – December
After your audit is completed and reviewed, 2023 certified growers will be announced, and you’ll join the ranks of Sustainable WA certified growers!
March 22: Sustainable WA Informational Webinar
Zoom – Click here for link
April 11: Sustainable WA Informational Webinar