When I first joined LIVE I was doing so because of my values and beliefs. That is, I want our vineyard and winery to be producing environmentally and economically sustainable fruit and wine. I knew the grapes and the wine made from them, would be of a higher quality and better for the environment. As we have produced wine we have found that the professional buyers, that is, distributors and wine stewards,especially in Oregon and Washington, are aware of what LIVE means and stands for. And they prefer to buy wine that is a sustainable product. And as we have worked with distributors in other states, I have found that they may not know what LIVE means but as long as it means certified sustainable, they prefer wines that are of that quality. Also. the consumer are becoming more in tune to certification and want to drink wines that are certified.

The point I want to make is that being a LIVE member not only serves my values but it also is very worthwhile. Illahe Vineyards is in a better position financially because we are a member of LIVE and keep the standards set by LIVE.

LIVE is a very good investment.

Lowell Ford, owner
Illahe Vineyards

LIVE: Low Input Viticulture & Enology, Inc.

LIVE is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides education and independent third-party certification of vineyards and wineries using international standards of sustainable viticulture and enology practices in wine-grape and wine production.

We have been certifying growers in Oregon since 1999 and in Washington since 2006. We have recently expanded our geographical boundary to include all of the Pacific Northwest, including British Columbia and Idaho.

We are proudly partnered with Salmon-Safe to address watershed impacts from not only the vineyards and wineries of our members, but also the other areas on their farms.

LIVE also administers the Carbon Reduction Challenge (CRC), a certification aimed at helping wineries to achieve energy efficiencies and addressing greenhouse gas emissions in the northwest wine industry.

We actively work with university extension services to improve our standards, reach out to growers, and incorporate the latest research into our technical discussions.

We gladly invite you to learn more about our program by browsing our website, or contacting us.

Program Statistics

Enrolled Members
290 Vineyards
{258 in Oregon, 28 in Washington}

43 Wineries
{38 in Oregon, 5 in Washington}

10,616 Vineyard Acres
{8,141 in Oregon, 2,341 in Washington}

25,288 Farm Acres
{20,377 in Oregon, 4,721 in Washington}

Certified Members*
247 Vineyards
{226 in Oregon, 20 in Washington}

34 Wineries
{30 in Oregon, 4 in Washington}

9,212 Vineyard Acres
{7,313 in Oregon, 1,895 in Washington}

21,567 Farm Acres
{17,522 in Oregon, 4,040 in Washington}

224 Certified Wines
922,359 cases of wine produced in certified wineries

*Members must complete two years of farming under LIVE standards before achieving certification. All members must undergo rigorous 3rd-party inspections to verify these practices.