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 (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/

CSWA Releases New Cost Benefit Tools

The California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) recently released new economic tools to help growers and vintners assess costs and benefits of adopting specific sustainable winegrowing practices. Growers can use the Excel-based calculators to support decisions on different types of sprayers, compare dust mitigation methods and develop a sustainable water management strategy. They can also use a web-based tool to evaluate costs and potential savings from implementing different trunk disease prevention practices. Vintners can use the tools to evaluate winery water efficiency and identify hot spots, estimate the true cost of water, and conduct a solid waste audit. In addition, a certification cost benefit evaluation tool can be used by growers and vintners to evaluate the expected benefits and investments associated with the first year of 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 and upcoming workshop information can be found at: www.sustainablewinegrowing.org/economic-tools.php.

 

May 31 - Economic Tools for Sustainable Winegrowing Webinar, 10-12 noon, Webinar.

June 15 - Economic Tools for Winery Water & Solid Waste Workshop, 9am-12 noon, Napa.

June 16 - Sustainable Winegrowing Workshop for Ag Professionals, 9am-2:30pm, UC Davis. 

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