California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance Publications

Wine Institute Publications

Sustainable Winegrowing Highlight Newsletters

Wine Institute produces a series of newsletters on sustainable winegrowing to highlight specific practices that Wine Institute members find useful in their wineries and vineyards.

Please click on the following newsletter links to learn more about these topics and how the practices are used by vintners and growers throughout California:

The Business Case for Self-Assessment
  • The Business Case for Self-Assessment
    • Energy Savings at Palumbo Family Vineyards
    • Irrigation Efficiency at Alexander Valley Vineyards
    • Self-Assessment at Trefethen Family Vineyards
    • Ten New Video Case Studies Available
    • New Down to Earth Book Published
  • The Social Equity of Sustainable Winegrowing
    • California's Wine Community Gives Back
    • Regional Association Philanthropy: The Power of Working Together
    • Making a Difference in Farmworkers' Lives
    • Community Enhancement: Wineries & Growers Preserve Open Space
  • Third-party Certification Program Launched
    • Certified Participants Share Reasons for Obtaining CSWA Certification
    • Use of Certification Logo and Claims
    • Frequently Asked Questions
    • Videos Feature Certification and Sustainable Practices
  • Environmentally Preferred Purchasing
    • Employee Survey Supports Environmentally Preferred Purchasing at Goldeneye Winer
    • Environmentally Preferred Purchasing at Halter Ranch Vineyards
    • Bag-in-Box Technology Reduces Carbon Footprint for Th e Wine Group
  • Energy Efficiency
    • Benefits of Energy Auditing for Wineries and Vineyards
    • Energy Efficiency at Korbel Champagne Cellars
    • Long Meadow Ranch Saves Energy with Rammed-Earth Winery Strategy
  • Communicating Sustainability
    • Solar Pavilion Helps Communicate Message of Healthy Winery and Vineyard Operations
    • Neighborhood Meetings, Web Site, Winery Tours and More Communicate Sustainability
    • Sustainable Message Plays Key Role in Consumer Communications
  • Using Animals to Manage Pests in Vineyards
    • 'Sniffer Dogs' Have a Real Nose For Vine Mealybug
    • Gallo Family Vineyards Turns To Falcons To Ward Off Damaging Starlings
    • Chickens Scratch Their Way Through Bonterra Cutworms
  • 2006 Workshops & Water Quality & IPM
    • New Workshops Help California Wineries Expand "Green" Practices
    • Sun-Maid Biodigester Converts Distillery Process Water to Energy Savings
    • IPM and Rodent Control at Schug Carneros Estate
  • Testimonials & Solar Energy
    • Managing Soil at Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards
    • The "Green Team" Gets Results at the Kunde Estate Winery and Vineyards
    • Expanding Sustainable Practices at Retzlaff Estate
  • Developing an Action Plan
    • 1980s Sales Growth Initiated Trinchero Sustainable Efforts
    • Developing an Action Plan for Madera Winegrowing
  • Cover Crops
    • "Organic" Experience Led to "Sustainable" Practices
    • Building the Soil in Mountain Vineyards
    • Natural Ecosystem Prevents Crisis Management
  • Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
    • Fetzer Reduces Waste by 94 Percent
    • Davis Bynum's "Permanent Agriculture"
    • Recycling Part of Healthy Environment at Frog's Leap
  • Regulated Deficit Irrigation
    • Diageo Introduces RDI Grower Program
    • Conserving Water at Hess Collection
    • Beringer Blass Researches RDI on the Central Coast
  • Canopy Management
    • Managing Canopy in Windy Conditions at Delicato's San Bernabe
    • Managing Canopy on Orfila's Hillsides
    • Groth's Canopy Management on the Napa Valley Floor
  • Wildlife Corridors and Habitat
    • Preserving Grasslands and Wetlands at Bronco's Lodi Vineyard
    • Restoring Wine Creek at Quivira Vineyards
    • Conserving Marshland at Viansa Vineyards
  • Communicating with Neighbors and the Community
    • Wente's Effort for Agriculture in Community Planning
    • Good Neighbor Relations at Woodside Vineyards
    • Vintners Collaborate with Community for Farmworks Housing: Joseph Phelps Donates Land for Shelters
  • Sustainable Pest Management
    • Managing Pests in Mountain Vineyards at Cooper-Garrod Estate
    • Pest Management in Valley Vineyards at Paul Masson Cellars
    • Preventing Pests in Riparian Areas at Dry Creek Vineyards
  • Assessing and Reducing Energy Needs
    • Conserving Energy with Night Operations at Golden State Vineyards
    • "Green Building" Saves Energy at Sanford Winery and Vineyards
    • Benziger Audit Helps Improve Energy Efficiency
  • Composting
    • Composting for Wine Quality and Disease Resistance at Shendandoah Vineyards/Sobon Estate
    • Scheid Vineyards Finds Composting Economically Feasible
    • Using Biodynamic Compost at Topolos at Russian River Vineyards
  • Controlling Erosion
    • Protecting Hillsides and Fish Habitat at Navarro Vineyards
    • Protecting Watershed at Solis Winery through Erosion Control
    • Conserving Soil at Moon Mountain Vineyard
  • Protecting Air and Water Quality
    • New Biodigester Treats Process Water at Clos du Bois
    • Switching to Biodiesel at Yorkville Cellars
    • Establishing Treatment Wetlands for Process Water at Maurice Car'rie Winery

California Association of Winegrape Growers Publications

What's the bottom line return on participating in the SWP?

The California Association of Winegrape Growers develops educational publications for use by its members to increase the adoption of sustainable practices. Below are several CAWG publications that look closely at specific areas of sustainable winegrowing.

2003 California Vineyards and Wildlife Habitat Publication

California wines are uniquely tied to the natural resources of this beautiful and diverse state. As a part of California's working landscape, vineyards are important to our state's economy, job base and public image. We are pleased to feature the essence of where wildlife habitat conservation and restoration begins and ends - with people.

The passion, commitment and talent of California's winegrowers for their land, their families and communities are evident throughout the examples of stewardship practices.

Good Neighbor & Community Relations: The Winegrape Guidebook for Establishing Good Neighbor and Community Relations

This guidebook aims to help winegrape growers, vintners and regional associations take a proactive, collaborative approach to environmental and social challenges.

Growers' Guide to Environmental Regulations and Vineyard Development