Self-assessment workshops and targeted education events are another key element of the Sustainable Winegrowing Program. CSWA works in collaboration with many regional grower and vintner associations to host these educational events throughout the state. All self-assessment workshops and targeted education events are free of charge, and most include a complimentary lunch or continental breakfast. Workshops are generally half a day or less to fit with busy schedules. Please see the workshop calendar for upcoming workshops and targeted education events in your area.

Self-Assessment Workshops

Participants at a Sustainable Winegrowing Program self-assessment workshop

The Sustainable Winegrowing Program (SWP) provides self-assessment workshops throughout California where workbooks are distributed to all workshop attendees at no charge and, where possible, participants can complete the SWP assessment online.

California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) works with California vintner and Grower regional associations, to organize and carry out workshops in each winegrowing region in the state. Since 2002, CSWA has held over 200 self-assessment workshops. These workshops can be hosted by regional associations and/or individual vintner and grower companies.

The self-assessment workshops are an excellent way to learn more about the overall program and how the workbook information can be applied to your operation. SWP consultants or staff will lead each workshop and assist attendees in completing the workbook self-assessment evaluations. The evaluations will be entered into a SWP program database and confidential customized reports are either accessed by participants using the online system or mailed to participants. The reports highlight the operation's strengths and opportunities for improvement and helps participants focus their resources to receive the highest possible return on investment. Individual confidentiality will always be maintained.

The size of the workshops has ranged from five to more than fifty people. Smaller workshops (8-12 people) tend to be more interactive. On average, it takes about three hours to complete the vineyard or winery self-assessment evaluations. We have found it is best to schedule four hours per workshop to include time for discussion and a meal.

Since 2002, more than 1,800 wineries and vineyard enterprises have participated in self-assessment workshops and more than 10,000 growers have attended targeted education events throughout California.

CSWA's goal is to help assist with two to three workshops for each winegrowing region yearly. Please email info@sustainablewinegrowing.org if you are interested in hosting a workshop, have questions about organizing a workshop or would like to be added to a workshop notification list.

We also offer self-assessment webinars so participants can benefit from an introductory presentation and dialogue with workshop facilitators all from the comfort of their office or home computer. Webinars are generally offered on the last Thursday of each month and are listed on the workshop calendar.

Targeted Education Events

Participants at an integrated pest management workshop in Sonoma County

Targeted education events cover topics that are identified in statewide assessment reports as areas for improvement, since the program is designed around the process of continuous improvement. Since 2002, CSWA has held over 230 targeted education events, reaching over 10,000 participants. CSWA works with regional associations to design the targeted education event content to match the needs of growers and vintners in each region. Among the topics addressed at the workshops are the latest best management practices, government cost-share opportunities, and in-field or winery examples from demonstration sites. Speakers include winegrowing experts from the industry as well as government agencies, academia, consulting firms and private companies.

Current and past targeted education events cover topics such as:

  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Ecosystems Management
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Green Building
  • Water Quality
  • Air Quality

Please check our website calendar for workshop dates and email info@sustainablewinegrowing.org if you are interested in hosting a workshop or would like to be added to a workshop notification list

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Confidentiality Policy

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