CSWA Publications

California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance Publications


Program Brochure


Grower & Vintner Educational Handouts

Economic Tools

  • Top 62 High Impact Practices - This document identifies which sustainability practices have the highest impact on the triple bottom line (i.e., vibrant businesses, healthier environment, and stronger communities and workforce). 

  • The Value of Sustainable Certification - A handout on the benefits of Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing (CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE) for growers and vintners and marketplace drivers for certification.


Risk Mitigation

  • CSWA Environmental Compliance ToolThis tool is intended to help winegrape growers and vintners understand which environmental permits and licenses apply to the vineyard and/or winery and provides background information and resources to determine next steps to comply with relevant permits and/or obtain licenses. These permits and licenses apply to areas such as water quality, water supply, air quality, and hazardous materials and wastes. 
  • A Winegrowers' Guide to Navigating Risk - Learn how sustainable winegrowing practices can help to mitigate risk in the vineyard, winery and marketplace. Thank you to the USDA Risk Management Agency for helping to fund this project. 

  • Earthquake Preparedness- Learn how to prepare your winery or facility and your employees for an earthquake to mitigate risks.

  • Fire Preparedness - This short checklist includes the top steps to take to reduce the risk of fire on your property and how to prepare your vineyard or winery staff in the event of a fire. View the education video HERE.

  • Guía de Viticultores para Navegar el Riesgo - Aprenda cómo las prácticas vitivinícolas sostenibles pueden ayudar a mitigar el riesgo en el viñedo, la bodega y el mercado. (Download the Spanish Language version of the Risk Guide)

Water Use Efficiency

  • How to Conduct an Irrigation Uniformity Test - Learn how to conduct a distribution uniformity (DU) test with just a few simple tools and learn about the many benefits of conducting regular DU field tests.
    • Watch the Importance of Distribution Uniformity Video HERE.
    • Watch the How To Conduct a DU Test Video HERE.
    • Download the Field Data Sheet template HERE


Greenhouse Gas and Carbon Footprints




Link to water tool: https://www.cswawatertool.org/

Link to more CSWA Winery Water Tools & Resources: https://library.sustainablewinegrowing.org/browse?aud=2&topic=14

Link to recording of State Water Board’s Winery General Order Webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SU9m4wLDlP8