Crafting sustainable solutions to our industry’s challenges.
Over the years, the Foundation has accumulated a set of useful tools to guide various aspects of winemaking and wine grape growing. Browse this list of tools and information for which we have facilitated the funding and development to meet the need of the Washington wine industry.
Sustainable WA is rooted in an educational sustainability program, Vinewise and Winerywise, which was created over two decades ago and intentionally scalable for certification. The program was propelled forward in recent years by an industry group made up of 40+ vintners and growers from across the state.
Sustainable WA was built for and by the industry. Washington Winegrowers is the managing entity and oversees the third-party audit and certification process related to the Sustainable WA Winegrape Standard. The Washington State Wine Commission manages the brand and marketing. The Washington Wine Industry Foundation processes funds raised and seeks additional funding through grants and industry, as needed. The Washington Wine Institute communicates industry commitment to sustainability with policymakers. The program was built as a partnership and will remain a partnership.
Northwest Cost-Of-Production Calculators
Made possible with funds from a grant secured by the Foundation from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC), through the Risk Management Agency (RMA) titled: Grower Decision-Making Tools for Grapes and Tree Fruit. Separate calculators were developed for vineyard development/expansion and winery development/expansion.
Stop The Spread
Stop the Spread: Building Pest Management Plans to Comply with New Grape Quarantine Rules
Made possible with funds from a grant secured by the Foundation from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the WSDA Specialty Crop Block Program. This project responds to a recent update to the state grape quarantine rule requiring grape growers to establish and implement a Pest Management Plan (PMP). With this hands-on, time intensive project, we will facilitate and execute planning, development, writing, communicating, outreach, and presentation of educational sessions and materials for growers, vintners, and nurseries utilizing expertise of Washington State University (WSU) extension specialists, WSU researchers, State Department of Ag regulators, and key expert viticulturists.
Getting Paid – Tools for Washington Growers
A Step-by-Step Guide to offset financial and legal risks associated with grape sales, and addresses topics such as contracts, processor liens, and specific protections offered to growers under the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) and the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA). This project was funded through a grant secured by the Foundation from the USDA RMA Risk Management Education Partnership.
Winery Safety Training Materials
This binder is intended to help keep winery employees safe by focusing on the safety topics most small to mid-sized wineries should consider including in their Accident Prevention Program. The topic outlines have been streamlined from Washington State Department of Labor & Industries standards, have been adapted specifically for wineries, and have received a rigorous review by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries. Funding and support for this project have been provided through a grant secured by the Foundation from the State of Washington, Department of Labor & Industries, Safety & Health Investment Projects.
Why Clean Plants?
These guides, both in English and Spanish, are designed to be tools to assist viticulturists, vineyard workers, wholesale and
retail nursery operators and managers, nursery inspectors, homeowners, and the general public in becoming informed about the importance of acquiring and using certified grapevines to protect Washington’s grape and wine industries from devastating pests and diseases. These projects were funded through grants secured by the Foundation from the USDA RMA Risk Management Education Partnership and Washington State Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.