Shady Lane Cellars Earns Sustainability Certification

Shady Lane Cellars Earns Sustainability Certification

Shady Lane Cellars is a vineyard | Learn more on Commonshare | that has long made sustainability a priority, and now the Leelanau, Michigan-based establishment is earning official recognition for its efforts toward sustainability.
Specifically, Shady Lane Cellars has been recognized with a Sustainability in Practice (SIP). The SIP is the most in-depth sustainability | Learn more on Commonshare | program for vineyards, and has strict, non-negotiable standards based on science and expert input, independent verification and transparency | Learn more on Commonshare |.
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SIP Certification Adds Credibility
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Speaking on the subject of the sustainability certification | Learn more on Commonshare |, Rick DeBlasio, general manager for Shady Lane Cellars, said that it “adds credibility to our framing practices and our priorities as a business and a winery.”
Achieving SIP certification requires a grower to farm in a way that protects both natural and human resources. The third-party evaluation process assesses a wide variety of areas that include biodiversity and habitat, farm management, soil conservation, integrated pest management, water quality, energy conservation, air quality, fruit quality, social and community responsibility.
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Company Long Interested in Sustainability
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DeBlasio explained that the company has long been interested in seeking independent, third-party certification for a few years and took the effort to research programs that aligned with their values.
As DeBlasio explained, there are “so many great things happening here on the Leelanau Peninsula [in Michigan] with wine that are worth highlighting. We know sustainability and products with a conscience are important to consumers.”
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About SIP Certified
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SIP Certified was originally created in Atascadero, California, and launched in 2008 with a focus on California’s wine region. Shady Lane Cellars is the second Michigan-based winery to receive the SIP certification, after WaterFire Vineyards near Torch Lake.
As Beth Vukmanic, SIP Certified manager explains, “It is very exciting to have our second certified vineyard in Michigan.”
The process of achieving SIP certification includes a review of farming methods and sustainable practices on every level, from farm labor to agricultural, energy conservation to water quality. The SIP Certified label is a guarantee to consumers of sustainable wines | Learn more on Commonshare | that give back to the land and the community on every level.

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