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July 31, 2018 Wine Spectator, California Puts Sustainability Up Front
February 18, 2017 Growing Produce, Sustainability Is a Growing Factor in Wine Purchasing
February 1, 2017

Forbes, The U.S. Wine Industry Focuses On A Sustainable Future

November 22, 2016 Western Farm Press, Lohr assumes California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance board helm
November 16, 2016 The Drinks Business, The Drinks Business Green Awards 2016: the winners
August 20, 2016 Washington Post, Here's the best reason of all to drink organic wine: It tastes better.
August 1, 2016, Role of Sustainability
July 14, 2016 Santa Rosa Press Democrat, UC Davis professor talks mechanization to Allied Grape Growers
June 1, 2016 The San Luis Obispo Tribune, Tablas Creek, Halter Ranch wineries recognized for sustainable practices
April 27, 2016 Free Speech Radio News, Drought and climate change contributing to earlier grape harvests in vineyards around the world
August 24, 2015 Environmental Leader, Water to Wine: The Case for Wine Amidst the California Drought
May 18, 2015 Wines & Vines, Be a Sustainable Wine Ambassador
April 15, 2015 PR News Wire, Wine Institute Launches Sustainable Winegrowing Certificate Course
March 19, 2015 SF Gate, The Central Coast's Earth Friendly Wineries
March 13, 2015 Forbes, The Best "Green" Wines for St. Patrick's Day
January 28, 2015 Yahoo News, California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance Receives Governor's Top Environmental Award
January 16, 2015 Wine Spectator, Sonoma Wine Industry Makes Big Strides in Sustainability
January 15, 2015 Press Democrat, Whole Foods Wine Buyer Urges Sonoma Growers to Push Sustainability
November 18, 2014 Western Farm Press, Wineries to Honor Leadership in Sustainability
May 2, 2014 Forbes, Is Sustainable Winemaking The Wave Of The Future?
February 6, 2014 Huffington Post, Without Water, Will there be Wine in California?
January 15, 2014 SF Gate, Sonoma County Wine Growers Set Goal of 100% Sustainability
December 11, 2013 Take Part, There's More to Sustainable Wine than an Organic Label
June 18, 2013 San Luis Obispo Tribune, Wineries working to conserve water
May 30, 2013 Merced Sun-Star, Modesto Area Wineries Look to Move Up in Market
May 16, 2013

Western Farm Press, Sustainability matters to wine consumers

February 6, 2013, Sustainable Sonoma
January 23, 2013 Growing Produce, California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance Issues Report
December 4, 2012, Step Into Your Learning Curve
April 26, 2012, Sustainability on the Move
March 21, 2012, New Water, Energy, GHG Online Metrics Tools for Sustainable Winegrowing
December 21, 2011, California Wine Industry to Get Green Performance Metrics
February 18, 2011 NorthBay Biz Profitable Green: Is it still possible for businesses to be both profitable and green?
November 30, 2010 Step Into Sustainability, Wine Without Regrets: Award-Winning Sustainability Programs
November 22, 2010 Wine, CSWA and Wine Institute to Launch Three Projects Expanding Sustainable Winegrowing Practices
February 8, 2010 Wines & Vines, California Wineries Get Certified
January 13, 2010 Wine Business, California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance Announces New Certification Program for Wineries and Vineyards
January 13, 2010 Associated Press, Red, white or green? Calif. wine choices expand
January 13, 2010 Wine Spectator, California Wine Industry Establishes New Green Certification
January 13, 2010 Press Democrat, Wine industry sets standards for sustainability
October 8, 2009, An Interview About the California Sustainable Winegrowing Program
May 28, 2009 The following letter was sent to the National Geographic Editor in response to the May 2009 article on the "Toll of Wine."
August 27, 2008 San Francisco Chronicle, "Winemakers cultivate earth-friendly practices, from ground to glass"
June 2, 2008 Wines and Vines, "Sustainability Goes to Market: Two new tools lead consumers and merchants to greener wines"
April 18, 2008 San Francisco Chronicle, "Bugging out: Beyond pesticides - vintners who see insects as vineyard helpers"
December 11, 2007 Wines & Vines, "Sonoma Growers Appeal to Regulators"
October 10, 2007 Wines and Vines, "Industry Group Wins Federal Grants"
May 15, 2007 Wine Business Monthly, "A Case Study in Sustainable Wine Production"
April 1, 2007 Practical Winery and Vineyard, "Improving Air Quality"
February 1, 2007 Practical Winery and Vineyard, "2006 Progress Report"

The following letter was sent to the National Geographic Editor in response to the May 2009 article on the "Toll of Wine."

May 28, 2009   Back to Top

I am writing in response to the menacing title and erroneous graphic portraying the "Toll of Wine" in the May 2009 issue of National Geographic. This graphic depicts the carbon intensity of shipping wine from various global wine regions to key U.S. cities and bases its data on a seriously flawed, two-year-old working paper that is filled with untested assumptions, has not been peer reviewed, and does not accurately reflect the complexities of greenhouse gas emissions in the wine sector. Research on a science-based Life Cycle Analysis for wine is underway but this graphic, as well as the paper on which it is based, misleads consumers into believing that foreign imports are somehow more environmentally-friendly than California wines.

This distortion of fact is particularly unfortunate given the ground-breaking work by California wineries and vineyards to tackle the issue of GHG emissions by working to improve air quality and energy efficiency, along with other sustainable winegrowing practices from ground to bottle, through the California Sustainable Winegrowing Program ( This statewide program guides California''s wineries and winegrape growers to adopt an integrated system for their operations based on tested "best practices" in alternative energy, packaging, transportation, production and farming practices to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) footprints in the state with the most stringent environmental laws in the country.

California vintners and growers are taking their carbon footprint seriously and have partnered with the international wine community to create an International Greenhouse Gas Protocol and Accounting Tool ( In addition, we are working with scientists to better understand the carbon balance of wineries and vineyards, including how vines, soil and broader vineyard ecosystems may benefit the environment by sequestering carbon. For instance, we worked with leading agriculture and climate scientists at UC Davis on a comprehensive review of state of the science in 2008 (visit

We''re confident that U.S. consumers can add "environmental track record" to many other reasons for choosing California wines, including quality, diversity, value, and significant contributions to local, state, and federal economies through jobs, taxes, charitable donations and tourism.


Allison Jordan
Executive Director
California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance