Benefiting the environment, the community
and high quality grapes and wine.

"As the second-generation in our family-owned and operated winery, I appreciate that my parents have taken the time to incorporate the principles of sustainability into our vineyards, winery and brand. They took those steps for me and my sister, ensuring that our business is constantly working to create a better environment and community around us. I plan to do the same for my kids."

-Cheryl Durzy

Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing (CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE) is a certification program that provides verification by a third-party auditor that a winery or vineyard implements sustainable practices and continuous improvement. To learn more, click here.

The Sustainable Winegrowing Program (SWP) is an educational program available to California winegrape growers and vintners. Participants use the Code of Sustainable Winegrowing Workbook to self-assess their sustainability practices and learn about areas for improvement. To learn more, click here.

Download The Code Workbook.

Do an Online Self-Assessment

California vintners and winegrape growers can sign up for a userID and password by completing the participant information sheet.

 

Sustainable Winegrowing Ambassadors Course

Wine professionals can learn about sustainable practices used in California vineyards and wineries through a one-hour online certificate course. The free course provides an opportunity for winery sales, marketing, hospitality staff, retailers, and restaurateurs to learn about sustainable winegrowing so they can confidently share information with others. 

To get started, or learn more, visit: http://ambassador.discovercaliforniawines.com/

Economic Tools Project: The Value of Sustainable Certification

As part of CSWA’s Economic Tools project, we’ve developed this six-page document addressing reasons to get Certified, how to evaluate costs and benefits, top three benefits of Certification, how to communicate Certification to various audiences, and how to get started in the Certification process. Click here to view the pdf The Value of Sustainable Certification.

The 2.5-year project was funded by a CDFA Specialty Crop Block Grant and involved an advisory group comprised of agricultural economists from Cal Poly, UC Davis, Fresno State and Sacramento State, regional association partners and other experts. The new Economic Tools can be found at: www.sustainablewinegrowing.org/economic-tools.php.

 

 

ACCEPTING NEW AUDITORS FOR THE CERTIFIED CALIFORNIA SUSTAINABLE WINEGROWING PROGRAM

CSWA announces an RFQ for auditors interested in CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE. Applications are due November 10, 2017. Please view the requirements here: Auditor RFQ

 

PARTICIPANT SURVEY - FEEDBACK REQUESTED

CSWA is committed to continuous improvement and welcomes feedback and suggestions from participants. Click HERE and take 5 minutes to tell us what you think. 

 

2015 SUSTAINABILITY REPORT

Download the 2015 report and appendix:
2015 California Wine Community Sustainability Report
2015 California Wine Community Sustainability Report APPENDIX