What is Sustainable Winegrowing and Certification?
Check out our new video describing key elements of sustainable winegrowing and Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing (CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE).
The Value of Certification
Watch this video to hear from Francis Ford Coppola Winery on the value, commitment and benefits of becoming Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing (CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE).
How to Conduct a Distribution Uniformity Test
Watch how a Distribution Uniformity (DU) Test is completed in the field and learn how to use CSWA's field data sheet template to easily calculate your vineyard's DU. Download the written step-by-step guide here. Download the field data sheet template here.
Importance of Distribution Uniformity Testing
Learn why conducting regular Distribution Uniformity (DU) tests is an important practice for winegrape quality.
Vineyard Trunk Disease Prevention
Watch this video to learn about vineyard trunk disease. Trunk diseases are the limiting factor of vineyard longevity and one of the main reasons why many vineyards are replanted after only 15 to 20 years. Download the associated handout on Trunk Disease here: Trunk Disease Prevention.
Fire Preparedness for Wineries and Vineyards
View this video webinar to learn the necessary steps to reduce the risk of fire on your property and how to prepare your vineyard or winery staff in the event of a fire. To learn more about using sustainable practices to reduce risk in the vineyard, winery and marketplace, view the full guide: A Winegrowers' Guide to Navigating Risk (Spanish language version: Guía de Viticultores para Navegar el Riesgo). Thank you to the USDA Risk Management Agency for helping to fund this project.
Download the case study here: Fire Preparedness Handout
Using Self-Generation Fuel Cells in Vineyards & Wineries
Fuel cells are a reliable, efficient and stable energy source that offer many benefits when compared to traditional combustion energy sources, including energy savings and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. PG&E’s Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) provides financial incentives for the installation of new qualifying wind or fuel cell self-generation equipment. Visit PG&E's SGIP site for more information about incentives http://www.pge.com/en/mybusiness/save/selfgen/index.page.
Download the case study here: Fuel Cells Case Study
Improving Pump Efficiency in Vineyards
Find out more about why pump efficiency is important and how you can save money. Since pumps are such a big part of the vineyard irrigation system, there are big opportunities for energy savings. Learn more about how you could see up to 33% in energy savings through pump efficiency. For additional information about PG&E’s Advanced Pump Efficiency Program, visit: www.pumpefficiency.org.
Download the case study here: Pump Efficiency Case Study
Energy Efficiency Challenges at Older Facilities: Asti Winery in Cloverdale, CA
Hear about challenges and opportunities of implementing energy efficiency upgrades at Treasury Wine Estate’s historic Asti Winery and the benefits of respecting the historical integrity of a building during retrofits. Learn more about the how to get free design assistance and save money while planning, building or expanding your energy efficient winery through Pacific Gas & Electric's Savings by Design program and find out more about PG&E rebates and incentive programs at PG&E Agriculture and Food Money-Back Solutions.
Download the case study here: Asti Winery Case Study
Farming with Biodiversity: Bonterra Organic Vineyards
Learn about the many benefits of on-farm biodiversity at Bonterra Organic Vineyards in Ukiah, CA. Methods of conserving and enhancing biodiversity include habitat conservation and enhancement around or in vineyards, planting and incorporation of cover crops and other vegetation, protection and attraction of wildlife species and the use of compost and soil amendments that increase soil biodiversity. These practices help growers produce grapes while minimizing negative impacts on natural resources and provide natural buffers to the ecosystem, including erosion control, increased soil fertility, and reduced pest and disease pressure, which all help to improve grape quality.
Download the case study here: Biodiversity Conservation Practices in California Vineyards: Learning from Experiences
The Value of Self-Assessment: California Sustainable Winegrowing Program
Learn how California vintners and winegrape growers have utilized the 3rd edition California Code of Sustainable Winegrowing Workbook to measure their level of sustainability and benchmark internal practices against industry best practices. Using a "Cycle of Continuous Improvement," participants self-assess their operations, interpret their performance, develop actions plans to improve, implement changes and reassess. The workbook addresses ecological, economic and social equity criteria through an integrated set of 15 chapters and 191 criteria, which includes a built-in system with metrics to measure performance. To get started with a self-assessment of a California vineyard or winery visit: California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance.
Sustainability Performance Metrics at Boisset Family Estates
Learn how Boisset Family Estates in St. Helena, CA uses performance metrics to measure and track their resource use over time and make improvements to their farming practices in areas such as water and energy efficiency. Knowing and understanding the relationship between vineyard and winery practices and measured outcomes is important for benchmarking and managing performance to optimize business operations, decrease costs, and conserve natural resources. Get started tracking your water, energy and nitrogen use at Performance Metrics for the California Sustainable Winegrowing Program.
Reducing Greenhouse Gases with Vineyard Practices
Hear how Julie Nord of Nord Vineyard Services in Napa, CA has implemented management practices in the vineyard to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These management practices have been identified by researchers and experts who have targeted the major sources of greenhouse gases emissions in the vineyard. Learn more about this research in CSWA's handout titled, "DNDC Greenhouse Gas Modeling for California Vineyards."
Solid Waste Management at Trinchero Family Estates
See how Trinchero Family Estates manages their waste responsibly at their St. Helena facility through recycling efforts, waste audits, composting, employee engagement, and choosing suppliers who use recycled materials.
Conserving Water with Employee Engagement at J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
See how J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, a Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing (CCSW) vineyard and winery, manages and conserves water at their Paso Robles winery. They begin by tracking their usage and then engage employees through a volunteer committee to review usage data and make suggestions to improve management practices. For more information about their commitment to sustainability, visit the J. Lohr website.
Using PIGs at Sonoma Wine Company
See how Sonoma Wine Company, a Certified California Sustainable Winery, uses Pipeline Inspection Gauges (PIGs) to save money, help conserve water, and reduce energy use. Sonoma Wine Company was able to utilize PG&E’s Tool Lending Library (TLL) to implement their PIG. For more information, please visit: PG&E Tool Lending Library (TLL).
Download the case study here: Sonoma Wine Company Case Study
Solar Hot Water at Williams Selyem Winery
See how Williams Selyem Winery, a Sustainable Winegrowing Program (SWP) participant, harnesses and utilizes the sun's energy to heat water for cleaning and sanitizing in their winery practices. Learn how they worked with PG&E to install solar thermal and reduce reliance on expensive propane. For more information, visit the PG&E rebate program site.
Download the case study here: Williams Selyem Winery Case Study
Gallo Vineyards: Water Efficiency in the Vineyards
Learn about irrigation efficiency at Gallo Vineyards, a Certified California Sustainable Vineyard. Discover how various elements of infrastructure contribute to energy and water efficiency in the vineyard, including source meters, regular testing of equipment, and uniformed distribution. For more information, visit: Advanced Pumping Efficiency Program or PG&E rebate program.
Download the case study here: Gallo Vineyards Case Study
Saving Energy with High Speed Roll-up Doors at J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
Learn how J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines saved over 32,000 kilowatt hours and 20,000lbs in CO2 emissions per year through the installation of two high-speed roll-up doors in their barrel rooms. High-speed roll-up doors help wineries better meet their energy conservation and wine quality goals through regulating barrel room temperature and humidity, improving traffic flow and saving energy. Find out more about PG&E rebates and incentive programs at: PG&E Agriculture and Food Money-Back Solutions
Download the case study here: J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines Case Study
Wetlands Stewardship at Turner Road Vintners
Learn how Turner Road Vintners, a Constellations Brands winery and a Certified California Sustainable Winery, provides wetlands habitat for the benefit of local wildlife and employee enjoyment, while improving water quality and saving water through the installation of process water ponds and wetlands restoration efforts.
Building an Energy Efficient Winery at LangeTwins Family Winery & Vineyards
Learn how to get free design assistance and save money while planning, building or expanding your energy efficient winery.
Find out more about Pacific Gas & Electric's Savings by Design program at: Savings by Design
Download the case study here: LangeTwins Winery & Vineyards Case Study
Imagery Estate Winery: Energy Efficiency and Variable Frequency Drives
Learn how Imagery Estate Winery increased the energy efficiency of their refrigeration system, saved money and reduced CO2 emissions through installing variable frequency drives on their glycol pump.
Find out more about PG&E's rebate programs at: PG&E Energy Saving Rebates
Korbel Champagne Cellars Process Water Ponds Efficiency Measures
Learn how Korbel increased energy efficiency, saved money, reduced CO2 emissions and improved water quality through installing a new aerator system.
Find out more about PG&E's rebate programs at: PG&E Energy Saving Rebates
Jordan Vineyard & Winery Energy Efficiency Measures
Refrigeration efficiency measures, pipe insulation and other sustainability strategies at Jordan Vineyard & Winery.
Learn more about PG&E's rebate programs at: PG&E Energy Saving Rebates
New Video Highlights California Sustainable Winegrowing
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Launch of Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing (Press Event Summary)
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Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing Overview (Part 1)
John Heckman, FiveWinds International
Certification Pilot Panel Discussion (Part 2)
Moderator: Chris Savage of E. & J. Gallo Winery, and Panelists: Bill Cooper of Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards, Kim Ledbetter Bronson of Vino Farms, Neil Roberts of Roberts Vineyard Management, and Steve Smit of Constellation Wines U.S.
How Sustainability Produces Benefits for Business, Industry & Investing (Part 3)
2009 California Wine Community Sustainability Report Introduction (Part 4)
Allison Jordan, CSWA
2009 Sustainability Report Findings (Part 5)
Dr. Jeff Dlott, SureHarvest
Next Steps for the Sustainable Winegrowing Program (Part 6)
Allison Jordan, CSWA
Intro to the SWP program