Research-based standards for sustainable winegrowers

LIVE supports environmentally and socially responsible winegrowing through third-party certification and education. Our roots are in the Pacific Northwest and our standard is internationally accredited.

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321
Vineyards
8,085
Acres of Biodiversity
38
Wineries

What We Do

Since 1999, LIVE has independently certified the sustainable practices of winegrowers in the Pacific Northwest, using the latest in university research and internationally accredited standards. We provide regional education to preserve the human and natural resources of the wine industry. We welcome you to learn more about our standards.

  • Preservation — Native habitat, watershed quality, and wildlife are protected and improved through rigorous biodiversity requirements and whole-farm certification.
  • Social Issues — Worker health and safety standards and good neighbor policies are an important function of our rigorous vineyard and winery standards.
  • Certification — Cutting-edge third-party certifications that address issues ranging from energy and greenhouse gas reduction, to water and waste management, to materials sourcing.
  • Community — A healthy, vibrant community that actively works to improve the quality of the natural and built environments in which they live and work.

Staff

For inquiries related to certification, education, and administration. Chris has been with LIVE since 2007.

Chris Serra
Executive Director

For inquiries related to trade and consumer outreach and education. Brighid joined LIVE in 2016.

Brighid O'Keane
Outreach Director

Board of Directors

LIVE is membership-governed nonprofit organization. Members elect growers and winemakers from across the Pacific Northwest as representatives for a two-year term. You can email them directly at board@livecertified.org.
Russell Smithyman
Chair

Director of Viticulture at Ste Michelle Wine Estates

Bruce Sonnen
Secretary

Vineyard Operations Manager at Van Duzer Vineyards

Leigh Bartholomew
Treasurer and Vineyard Certification Officer

Director of Viticulture at Results Partners

Wynne Peterson-Nedry
Winery Certification Officer

Winemaker at RR Wines

Leda Garside

Clinical Services Manager for ¡Salud! Services

Deb Hatcher

Founder, Chief Marketing & Sales Officer at A to Z Wineworks/REX HILL Winery

David Millman

Managing Director at Domaine Drouhin Oregon

Luisa Ponzi

Winemaker at Ponzi Vineyards

Herb Quady

Founder of Quady North

Tom Danowski
Tom Danowski
Ex-Officio

Executive Director, Oregon Wine Board and Oregon Winegrowers Association

Marie Chambers
Ex-Officio

VP Finance and Operations, Oregon Wine Board

Moya Shatz Dolsby
Moya Shatz Dolsby
Ex-Officio

Executive Director, Idaho Wine Commission

Dan Kent
Dan Kent
Ex-Officio

Executive Director, Salmon-Safe

Vicky Sharlau
Vicky Scharlau
Ex-Officio

Executive Director, Washington Winegrowers Association

LIVE certification creates a brand position that most other wine regions simply don't have. To be able to say your winery and vineyards have achieved the highest certification in the world for sustainable viticulture, now that's pretty powerful.

— Maria Ponzi, Ponzi Vineyards

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Our Certification and Industry Partners
Idaho Wine Commission IOBC OWB and OWA Salmon-Safe WWA

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