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

"I'm a big fan of composting.  Right now I'm using green waste from nearby cities here in southern California.  It's a great rural-urban partnership - I'm helping them reduce waste in the landfills and they spread it for me free so the economics work.  The best part is that this gives me uniformity in the vineyard which translates into uniformity in fruit quality."

-Ben Drake

Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing (CCSW) 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.

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:



CSWA is seeking public comment on proposed updates to Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing (CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE), and invites your review and input. Click HERE to review a summary of the updates and to submit feedback. 


Download A Winegrowers' Guide to Navigating Risk to learn how sustainable practices can help mitigate vineyard, winery and marketplace risk. Thanks to the USDA Risk Management Agency for funding this project. 


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