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Winerywise™ is proud to introduce a new chapter on sustainability, Winery Safety.  All the information presented in this new chapter (including bilingual safety training videos) was developed with funding from a Labor & Industries Safety & Health Investment Projects (SHIP) grant.  Please visit this new tab at the bottom of the left navigation bar to find safety training videos for you and your employees, downloadable forms for your winery safety program, and supplemental information that can help you to educate and maintain a safe winery work force.   

 
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Welcome to Winerywise 

Winerywise, the Washington Guide to Sustainable Winemaking Practices.

An online, interactive Guide of business and winery management practices. The Guide was created by and for Washington State Wineries and will provide wineries with the tools to evaluate their business and process practices, compare these practices to industry standards of sustainability, and to plan and implement sustainable management strategies. By using the Guide, wineries can learn more about the value of sustainability and significantly improve their sustainable practices.
 
Winerywise also provides guidance to wineries that choose to seek recognized third party certification of sustainability.
 

The future of Washington State’s wine industry depends on sustainable business and winemaking practices.

To protect and expand our reputation for producing high quality wines, particularly in these times of rapid growth, we must use management practices that respect the long term viability of our wineries and the surrounding environment. Developing management practices that are environmentally sound, economically feasible and socially equitable, builds a solid framework to achieve sustainability and carry our businesses into the future.

The Winerywise Guide is a three step series of self-assessment and evaluation forms for wineries, covering specific sustainable winemaking practices and business topics. 
 
  1. Checklists
  2. Self-Assessment Form
  3. Action Plan

Winerywise currently includes 9 chapter topics.  Intended to be a dynamic Guide, additional topics will be added as needed or identified by the industry.

Energy Efficiency Waste Management Preferred Purchasing
Water Management Staffing, Safety and HR Community Outreach
Education and Research Material Handling Site Development


Each of these chapters was written by a wine industry member – winery owners, winery personnel, wine education and researchers - as we wanted to develop these chapters from a practical operations standpoint. Additionally, each chapter has been rigorously reviewed by a number of experts specializing in sustainable practices pertaining to these topics.

The objective of Winerywise, is to help you through the process of improving sustainability in one or all facets of your winery. If you’re building a new winery, you’ll learn about how to select LEED AP certified architects. Existing wineries can learn how to increase their energy efficiency, and what programs are available to assist with funding of more energy efficient equipment. You can also learn how to promote your sustainability efforts to your customers and neighbors through community outreach.

While the Winerywise Guide is a holistic approach to winery sustainability, it does allow you to select specific topics in which you would like to initiate or improve sustainability practices. For example, you may be most interested in becoming more sustainable in your water management practices – simply go to ‘Water Management’ and work through the chapter as described in ‘Using Winerywise’. If you decide to incorporate more sustainable practices in all of your winery operations, and/or seek to achieve third-party certification of sustainability, follow all of the Guide chapters.

Additional business management topics can be found on Vinewise®. www.vinewise.org

Business Plans           Marketing Plans             Contracts             Lending

 

 

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