Program Benefits

Vinewise®/Winerywise™ is a single sign-in online platform for growers, vintners, and business managers to improve the sustainability of their management practices through self-assessment, easy access to relevant resources, and tools for continuous improvement.

Self-Assessment

The self-assessment for each program is broken into chapters:

Vinewise® Chapters

Winerywise™ Chapters

  • Business Practices and Risk Management
  • Human Resources
  • Vineyard Establishment
  • Viticulture
  • Water Management
  • Soil Management
  • Pest Management
  • Materials Handling
  • Whole Farm Ecosystem and Community
  • Site Development
  • Staffing
  • Water Management
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Material Handling
  • Environmentally Preferred Purchasing
  • Community Outreach
  • Education and Research

Each chapter consists of multiple questions—each representing a different sustainability practice—which guide the user toward a self-assessment score.

Resources

Included with each self-assessment question are additional information and resources about that topic. Resources are also hosted in a Resource Library accessible from the platform homepage. Examples of resources hosted on Vinewise®/Winerywise™ include:

Grower Resources

Vintner Resources

  • Sample Employee Handbook Outline
  • Accident Prevention Program Outline
  • “Getting Paid” Guide
  • Contract template
  • Marketing Plan Outline
  • Budget and Finance Worksheet
  • And many more
  • Winery Safety Manual and Videos
  • Community Outreach Checklist
  • Energy Efficiency Checklist
  • Human Resource Checklist
  • Solid Waste Management Checklist
  • Water Management Checklist
  • And many more

The homepage of the platform includes a “Featured Resources” section, which highlights a few of the resources industry members have identified as particularly valuable.

Continuous Improvement

Combined, the self-assessments and resources provide a clear pathway toward adopting more sustainable practices. Regardless of the user’s self-assessment score for any given practice, they can see specifically what changes in their management practices will be necessary to achieve greater sustainability, along with resources enabling adoption of those practices.

To assist in continuous improvement, within each self-assessment question the user can make Action Plan Notes capturing ways to improve their sustainability in that specific area, which they can print as a comprehensive Action Plan Report at any time.

Annual self-assessment enables the grower/vintner/business manager to compare their assessment scores year-over-year, and compare their scores to industry averages for the same year. The Vinewise® self-assessment also includes questions that capture quantitative data for the assessed vineyard and year (e.g., water use, diesel use, nutrient use), enabling the grower to track these important metrics year-over-year and see how changes to them affect outcomes.

Network

Vinewise®/Winerywise™ is also a network of growers, vintners, and business managers sharing best practices and resources to help one another improve. The Vinewise®/Winerywise™ Facebook page serves as a forum for growers, vintners, and other industry members to connect with each other, and share insights and resources supporting sustainability.