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

"My philosophy is... that we are stewards of the land. And we take that responsibility seriously."

-John Crossland

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.

Find certified Wines, Wineries, and Vineyards HERE.

Public Comment Requested

The Sustainable Winegrowing Program (SWP) is an educational program available to California winegrape growers and vintners. Participants use the California Code of Sustainable Winegrowing Workbook (Code Workbook) to self-assess their sustainability practices and learn about areas for improvement. To learn more, click here.

CSWA seeks stakeholder input on the final draft of the 4th Edition Code Workbook. Please see the 4th Edition Code Workbook_Public Comment Request and share any suggested edits or comments by November 3, 2020

Download The Code Workbook

 Find SWP Participants

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/

CSWA COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 HARVEST PROTOCOLS WORKBOOK
Protocols were developed based on health and safety guidance from government agencies, and formatted into a workbook to facilitate the process for vineyards and wineries to adhere to these new IIPP guidelines and prepare for harvest activities. Topics include administrative process, hygiene, cleaning and sanitization, physical distancing, employee wellness screening/checks, employee housing/transportation/training, and communications and resources. Download: English | Español 

GRAPE TRUCK PROTOCOLS
Wine Institute has developed protocols specific to assisting wine production facilities manage incoming third-party grape truck drivers during the COVID-19 crisis. The information contained in these Grape Truck Protocols was gathered from CDC and public health departments. These protocols are intended to provide general information to the industry, and to ensure the continuation of health and safety practices. English | Español

Onsite Audits Not Required for 2021-For guidance on audits for the 2021 audit season, click here

Additional Resources

Wine Institute- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update, Essential Employee/Business information and more.

California Association of Winegrape Growers – links to information about best practices and local, state and federal programs and requirements.

 

U.S. SUSTAINABLE WINEGROWING SUMMIT EAST | NEW DATES: APRIL 20-21, 2021

North Fork of Long Island, New York

Who: A gathering of regional winery and vineyard associations, engaged grower and vintner leaders, and others committed to the sustainability of their local vineyards, wineries and regions.

What: Learn some of the driving forces behind the increasing interest in sustainable winegrowing. Be inspired with new ideas on how to bring sustainability education and outreach to your region's vineyards and wineries. 

Why: Together we can enhance the sustainability of all U.S. vineyards and wineries and credibly communicate the nationwide commitment to a global audience. 


For more information please visit https://www.sustainablewinegrowing.org/summit/

 

CONSUMER & TRADE RESEARCH SHOWS INCREASED DEMAND FOR SUSTAINABLY PRODUCED WINE 

The California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) along with co-hosts from California, New York, Oregon and Washington hosted a webinar June 5, 2020, sharing the latest consumer and trade perceptions on sustainable wine. Two wine industry research experts, Lulie Halstead, CEO of Wine Intelligence based in London, and Christian Miller, proprietor of Full Glass Research in Berkeley, presented new data and insights from recent consumer and trade research on perceptions of sustainable winegrowing, certification and practices. Their research indicates increasing market demand for sustainably produced wine. As the value of sustainability in the marketplace flourishes, growers and vintners across the U.S. are increasingly embracing sustainable winegrowing practices. Learn more here.  



 

CSWA RELEASES 2019 CERTIFICATION REPORT

The California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) has released its third annual Certification Report, highlighting the accomplishments of the 149 wineries and 2,097 vineyards in California that are Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing (CCSW). In 2019, the third-party certification program continued double digit growth, with a 50% increase in the number of certified vineyards and a 4.2% increase in the number of certified wineries. 

 
 
 

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