SAN FRANCISCO—The California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) has announced new officers for its board of directors. Steve Lohr of J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines is CSWA’s new chairman, with Aaron Lange of LangeTwins Family Winery & Vineyards as vice chair; Cheryl Murphy Durzy of Clos LaChance Winery, secretary; and Mike Boer of Stipp Ranch, treasurer. The officers begin their term immediately for one year and can be elected for an additional year.
CSWA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization incorporated in 2003 by Wine Institute and the California Association of Winegrape Growers to develop and promote sustainable practices, tools for education and outreach, partnerships with key stakeholders, and prioritizing research. California is a world leader in sustainable winegrowing practices. More than 2,000 wineries and vineyards in the state participate in the CSWA program. See: www.sustainablewinegrowing.org.
CSWA has received the GEELA, the governor’s top environmental award for increasing adoption of sustainable winegrowing practices in California, and was also recently given the 2016 Green Award in the Sustainability Category from The Drinks Business magazine.
Wineries and vineyards around the state have taken an extra step by earning Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing status verified by a third-party auditor through CSWA. Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing and other statewide and regional programs such as Bay Area Green Business Program, Fish Friendly Farming, Lodi Rules, Napa Green and Sustainability in Practice (SIP) play vital roles in the California wine community’s successful efforts to produce high quality wine that is environmentally sound, economically feasible and socially responsible. To learn more, visit: www.sustainablewinegrowing.org/certified-sustainable-winegrowing.php.