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Lodi Rules Timeline

1992 – The Lodi Winegrape Commission launched a grassroots Integrated Pest Management program that introduced sustainable farming practices through neighborhood grower meetings.

1996 – Seventy demonstration vineyards were utilized throughout the appellation for over a decade to introduce sustainable farming practices.

2000 – The first edition of “The Lodi Winegrower’s Workbook” was published. This ground-breaking document became the basis of the California Code of Sustainable Winegrowing Practices and became an invaluable tool for Lodi growers.

2004 – The Lodi Winegrape Commission assembles a grassroots committee of growers, vintners, academics, and scientists to develop California’s first 3rd party certified viticultural standards.

2005 – The Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing is endorsed by Protected Harvest a leading non-profit organization that certifies farmer’s use of stringent sustainable farming standards. The first six farming families certify 1,455 acres.

2006 – The Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing is awarded the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership award. Over 5,000 acres are certified sustainable in the Lodi Appellation.

2007 – 7,000 acres are certified sustainable in the Lodi Appellation, and the first wines are released baring the “Lodi Rules” seal.

2008 – 10,000 acres are certified sustainable in the Lodi Appellation.

2009 – 15,000 acres certified in the Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing program.

2010 – Over 21,000 acres enrolled in the Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing program.

2012 – 25,709 acres certified sustainable.

2013 – Revised standards are accredited by Protected Harvest. Certification is expanded to include 101 farming practice standards in six chapters: Business Management, Human Resources, Ecosystem Management, Soil Management, Water Management, and Pest Management.

Brief History of the Lodi Rules

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