When it comes to sustainability, Lodi rules

What began in 1992 as a grassroots education program in Lodi later became LODI RULES – the first comprehensive and, arguably, most rigorous sustainability standard in the country. Today, LODI RULES serves as the inspiration and basis for numerous other programs around the world.

To date, there are more than 55,000 acres certified across 16 California crush districts (Lodi included), Washington, and Israel.



Madelyn Kolber, KG Vineyard Management, LLC

“As a farmer in Lodi, I deeply care about sustainable winegrowing. What an opportunity to farm today with sustainable practices to ensure future generations can do the same! For me, sustainability means being a good steward of our greatest resource – our farming operation – which includes the land, the people, and the surrounding community.”

Look for these seals on your next bottle of wine

Vineyards certified under LODI RULES may use one of three seals to signify their certification and commitment to sustainable winegrowing. In addition, wineries may use LODI RULES seals on a wine label if at least 85% of the grapes are from LODI RULES certified vineyards. You can support the commitment of farmers, winemakers, and communities by enjoying wines made from certified grapes. Look for these seals on your next bottle of wine! Shop LODI RULES wines.


Michael Klouda, Phillips Farms & MK Wines

“If I can help our industry move into a more sustainable direction where we can find the balance between farming to make a living and respecting the natural process of things, I’m doing what I feel I was meant to do. Sustainability is a grower doing everything he can to protect and preserve his land and community for future generations.”




Our new LODI RULES 1-minute explainer video is ready to share! The goals of the video were to explain what sustainability means in simple terms and to get consumers and trade to turn wine bottles around to look for one of our CERTIFIED GREEN seals (which they now understand the meaning of).


We have it as the new pop-up video at and if you search #lodirules on Instagram, you’ll find that many of our wineries have started sharing it too.


In celebration of Down to Earth Month (April) & Earth Day (April 22), we created a pandemic- and family-friendly travel BINGO game for wine enthusiasts and their children to play on their next trip through wine country. Educating the future generation about sustainable farming is extremely important to our growers and vintners. Wineries using a LODI RULES, CALIFORNIA RULES, or CERTIFIED GREEN seal can participate by handing BINGO cards out to their guests or local school/children’s groups. During the month of April, people may pick up a free set of BINGO cards, pens/plantable pencils, and stickers at the Lodi Winegrape Commission office (8am to 5pm, M-F) or the Lodi Wine Visitor Center (12 to 5pm, Th-Su). Both are located on the Wine & Roses Property at 2545 West Turner Road, Lodi CA 95242.

Click HERE to view the event information as told by Suzanne Ledbetter in San Joaquin Magazine or click HERE to watch the ABC10 TV interview about the BINGO game on Your California Life.


Date:  Monday, May 17, 2021

Time:  10:00am – 12:00pm (PDT)

Venue:  Online via Zoom

Cost:  FREE

Moderator:  Elaine Chukan Brown, Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews


  • Madelyn Kolber, KG Vineyard Management
  • Phil Abba, Abba Vineyards
  • Aaron Lange, LangeTwins Family Winery & Vineyard

Description:  Join this webinar, a collaboration between SommFoundation and the Lodi Winegrape Commission. We will dig into the unique perspective that goes into farming for both quality and longevity in one of California’s most important and dynamic growing regions. During the two-hour seminar, we will look at what makes LODI RULES such an effective guide for quality viticulture and how this translates to higher quality wine. Moderated by Elaine Chukan Brown, the panel will include Lodi growers who are leading the way in sustainability, quality winemaking, habitat restoration, water reclamation, and more. They will taste wines from their certified vineyards and discuss the connection between attentive farming, thoughtful viticulture, and exceptional wine.

Pre-Registration (required):  Click HERE to register in advance. For more information, click HERE. Contact the Lodi Winegrape Commission by phone at 209.367.4727 or email for help with registration.

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