Become a member

The FAIR'N GREEN certification is intended for all those wine growers that actively and intensively want to be or are already involved with the topic sustainability. For implementing new ideas, bravery and vision are required but at the same time concrete steps. That is FAIR'N GREEN.

The size of your vineyard is not an issue, for our concept is designed in a way that it can be used by everyone. Intensive support by the FAIR'N GREEN consultants as well as the continuous exchange with other wine growers and friends within the FAIR'N GREEN community ensure that you receive all the support you need for the implementation of measures.

FAIR'N GREEN also proves to be beneficial if you are involved in international markets of aim for opening new markets. Due to growing international demand for sustainable wines, you not only stay competitive as a FAIR'N GREEN certified vineyard but also pioneer as one of the first sustainable German vineyards.

For the certification according to FAIR‘N GREEN, formal and substantial requirements are to be fulfilled. The fulfillment of these requirements is confirmed by a certificate. All wine estates become members in the association FAIR and Green.e.V., which issues the certificate after the external audit. For this, you will go through a certification process and after the accomplished audit you are entitled to make use of the FAIR'N GREEN label.

The certification is valid for the whole wine estate. All wines which are produced at this wine estate are certified. It is not possible to certify special products.

FAIR and GREEN supports wine growers:

  • to secure or increase the quality of their products in the long term
  • to protect and maintain wine growing areas and soil in the long run
  • to actively preserve cultural landscapes
  • to open new markets, especially abroad
  • to decrease costs
  • to strengthen competitiveness



Formal requirements are
  • Status Quo analysis with the sustainabilty consultant (criteria catalogue)
  • Provision of required documents
  • On-site inspection of the wine estate
  • Acceptance of audit report
Substantial requirements are
  • Processes promoting the sustainable development of the wine estate have to be established and carried out permanently
  • At least 50 percent of the criteria catalogue‘s points have to be reached each year
  • The wine estate has to improve its sustainability performance by 3 percent per year

Requirements with regards to contents

It is crucial to consider the principle of near-nature and fair management and comply with the principles of an environmentally friendly viticulture. This includes:

  • Compliance with laws
  • The addition of non- natural substances is only permitted, if damage to the plants cannot be prevented otherwise. In this case selective use is advisable, in order to keep the addition of non-natural substances to a minimum
  • Deliberate conservation of biodiversity and preservation of the cultural landscape
  • Systematic and proven reduction of artificial inputs and emissions into the environment and the atmosphere
  • stakeholder engagement

Membership with Certification

 Would you like to become a sustainable vineyard and do you attach importance to the sustainable production and processing of your products?

With FAIR'N GREEN you get a qualified and comprehensive sustainability system which will actively support you on your way to sustainability and allow you to communicate this orientation to third parties.

FAIR and GREEN is aware of the fact that your business cannot be transformed completely in one day which is why FAIR and GREEN, in cooperation with authorised consultancies and independent auditors, considers itself as your guide on this way. For that reason, a membership is set up for 5 years in which you develop, together with FAIR and GREEN and the consultants, clear, obliging and verifiable goals and improve your sustainability strategy and your sustainable management.



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The comprehensive consulting as part of your membership includes, among others, the calculation of the carbon footprint and a life cycle assessment.

External Audit

After the analysis of your company, the determined and provided data is verified by an external auditing institute. If all data is correct and your business can already be considered as sustainable, you will be awarded with the FAIR and GREEN certificate, after notification of the association.

With this first audit the consulting and development of your vineyard is on no account terminated. Throughout the entire duration of your membership you will be provided with guidance and will continuously develop according to our guidelines.


The certification system FAIR'N GREEN and the FAIR and GREEN e.V. association have a solidly united graduation of prices, i.e. larger companies are slightly more charged, so that also smaller companies can engage in sustainable management.

The certification cost depends on your cultivated area (in hectares) as well as your process and marketed amount (in litres).

Besides the certification and consulting costs you pay a membership fee which is linked to the size of the cultivated area. All fees are exclusively spent by statute and serve the strengthening of the brand FAIR and GREEN and spent in the interest of the members. In addition to this, costs for the external audit incur.

If you are interested in a membership with certification or have any further questions, we are looking forward to getting into contact with you personally – please do not hesitate to contact us!

Steps to your FAIR’N GREEN certification


1. Contact
If we aroused your interest please feel free to contact us. In a personal communication we will clarify all your questions and, if applicable, prepare your access to FAIR and GREEN e.V. association.

2. First consultancy
First consultancy before joining FAIR and GREEN e.V.
Mailing of the catalogue of criteria and the list of required documents.

3. First audit
First audit via phone according to the FAIR’N GREEN criteria by the consultancy.
In cooperation with you, the consultancy prepares the catalogue, including 150 criteria in 28 categories. The latter one is divided into the four main sections Business, Society, Environment and Supply Chain.

4. Audit report and consultancy
Finishing of an audit report and visit on site. Discussion at the wine estate. Analysis of the proposals.  Submission of the documents to the neutral  validation.

5. Vertification by independent auditor
The independent auditor that is consulted by Athenga GmbH and authorised by FAIR and GREEN e.V. association verifies the data you and Athenga GmbH provided. If these stand the audit and comply with the requirements for a certification, further steps will be initiated for officially certifying you.

6. Certificate
After the transfer of the audit results, FAIR and GREEN e.V. association entitles you to use the FAIR’N GREEN certificate. The use underlies certain regulations that you will be informed about by FAIR and GREEN e.V. association. After successful certification you are entitled to label your wine products with the sustainability label. Of course you are then allowed to advertise with your certification.



Become a member of the FAIR'N GREEN Sustainability Initiative!

If you are interested in a membership with certification or have any further questions, we are looking forward to getting into contact with you personally – please do not hesitate to contact us!

Tel. 0049 228 886 844 86

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