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, Washington since 2006, and Idaho since 2012.

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.

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
295 Vineyards
{265 in Oregon, 26 in Washington}

41 Wineries
{36 in Oregon, 5 in Washington}

11,458 Vineyard Acres
{9,003 in Oregon, 2,320 in Washington}

26,509 Farm Acres
{21,636 in Oregon, 4,683 in Washington}

Certified Members*
272 Vineyards
{247 in Oregon, 24 in Washington}

34 Wineries
{30 in Oregon, 4 in Washington}

10,415 Vineyard Acres
{8,118 in Oregon, 2,293 in Washington}

24,394 Farm Acres
{19,796 in Oregon, 4,592 in Washington}

224 Certified Wines
1,457,808 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.