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

"The sustainable workbook, offered by CSWA, allows the winegrower or winemaker the opportunity to compare their operating practices to a standard, identify where changes can be accomplished and develop a sustainable work plan for improvement. Self assessment, the ability to identify those improvements and at what cost, is an important step in sustainable winegrowing goals, benefiting all wine country communities."

-Randy Lange

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.

Find CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE Wines, Wineries, and Vineyards 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 AMBASSADOR 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/

SEEKING NEW AUDITORS

The California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) is seeking expressions of interest and qualifications for new auditors for the Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing (CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE) program. 

Please see the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for more information. All proposals, outlining interest and qualifications, should be sent to certification@sustainablewinegrowing.org by October 31, 2019.  In addition to meeting the accreditation criteria outlined in the RFQ, all auditors must attend an initial in-person training day prior to receiving accreditation. The training session will be held in early December 2019 at Wine Institute’s San Francisco office (date TBD).

 

CSWA RELEASES 2018 CERTIFICATION REPORT

The California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) has released its second annual CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE Report, highlighting the accomplishments of the 143 wineries and 1,398 vineyards in California that are Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing (CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE). In 2018, the third-party certification program continued double digit growth, with a 44% increase in the number of certified vineyards and a 13% increase in the number of certified wineries. 

 

THE VALUE OF SUSTAINABLE CERTIFICATION

As part of CSWA’s Economic Tools project, this six-page document outlines reasons to get certified, explores costs and benefits, and guides you through 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 full suite of Economic Tools can be found at: www.sustainablewinegrowing.org/economic-tools.php.

 

NEW CONSUMER RESEARCH PRESENTED AT FIRST U.S. SUSTAINABLE WINEGROWING SUMMIT SHOWS STRONG INTEREST IN SUSTAINABLE WINE

The California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA), with wine and grape association partners from New York, Oregon and Washington, and others around the country hosted the inaugural U.S. Sustainable Winegrowing Summit | West on June 6-7 in Sonoma County. A highlight of the Summit was a presentation by Lulie Halstead, CEO of Wine Intelligence, on consumer perceptions of sustainable winegrowing. The research indicated high interest in purchasing sustainably produced wine in the future, a favorable perception of sustainable certification programs and certification logos, and a willingness to pay more for sustainably produced wine, particularly by Millennials and Gen Z. Learn more HERE

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