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LIVE was formed in 1997 by a small group of visionary winegrowers in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. In 1999 they incorporated their fledgling organization as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and soon after achieved a prestigious accreditation from the European chapter of the IOBC. LIVE has been certifying vineyards in Oregon since then, followed by Washington growers in 2006, and Idaho in 2012. In 2008 LIVE developed a first-in-class winery certification program. Today, LIVE certification is available to vineyards and wineries throughout the Pacific Northwest of the US and is partnered with numerous other certifications and NGO's around the world whose goal is a more sustainable future in wine.

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A Growing Movement

We measure and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. We use regenerative farming practices like planting cover crops to sequester atmospheric carbon in our soils. We protect and restore oak habitat and reduce our impacts on rivers and streams. We recognize that this is the greatest challenge of our time and are working to meet it.

All LIVE members are required to maintain ecologically rich ares on our farms. These include swaths of wildflower meadows, dense rich hedgerows, forested stands of trees, and protected riversides. We have a responsibility to connect our agriculture to lands that support a flourishing ecosystem of flora and fauna.

Farm and winery crews are the foundation of our industry, Our businesses provide healthcare, safe and healthy working conditions, and fair wages for our teams in the field. It is our goal to build real equity within our wine growing community.

Soil is alive! It is teeming with microorganisms and webbed with fungi. We farm to keep it that way, through healthy compost and biochar applications, nitrogen-fixing cover crops, and mycorrhizal inoculation. All of this life nourishes our vines and reflects itself in the terror of the wines you love.

We implement land management practices that reduce a century’s old reliance on harsh chemicals. By integrating beneficial insects and bird habitats, using grazing animals to control weeds, and enabling wildlife’s free passage across our farms, we reduce the need for pesticides and restore healthy ecosystem functioning. 

As LIVE members, many of us dry farm our wine grapes without irrigation, use gravity flow systems to clarify our wines, and rely on solar energy and biodiesel to power our operations. The wine industries of the Pacific Northwest are proud to lead the way in minimizing the raw materials we use to produce some the finest wines in the world.

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Who We Are

Meet the Board

Jackson Family Wines

LIVE certification is a must for anyone serious about stewardship of their land, vineyards, winery, and brand. I am honored to have my piece of paradise carry the LIVE logo.

Eugenia Keegan

Learn

We have developed multiple platforms to share technical training and thought-provoking perspectives on issues related to sustainability with our members. Listen in on advice for sustainable wine distribution, enroll in an online course to learn how to increase your vineyard biodiversity, or watch a video about our little pollinators and their benefits.

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Recent News

2024 LIVE Excellence in Sustainability Award

Please join us in congratulating this year's LIVE Excellence in Sustainability Award, Left Coast Estate!

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Idaho's First LIVE Certified Winery

Please join us in congratulating Idaho’s first ever LIVE Certified winery, 3100 Cellars!

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2024 Annual Meeting - Recordings & Slides

The 2024 LIVE Annual Meeting was held over two days: virtually on March 20th and in-person at the Chehalem Cultural Center on March 21st. Here are a few resources and presentation recordings from the

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2024 LIVE Board Ballot

All LIVE members, please click the link below to cast your ballot. One ballot per member please. Voting will be open for 30 days, ending at 8AM March 20. VOTE HERE Results will be announced at LIVE's

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LIVE's 2024 Annual Meeting

Registration is open for LIVE's 2024 Annual Meeting! We hope you can join us this March. As we did last year, this year's Annual Meeting will be held over two days: Day 1 March 20: Free Virtual Board

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