SAN FRANCISCO — CSWA is the winner of a 2018 Green Award, the Amorim Sustainability Award for a Generic Organization, given by The Drinks Business, an industry trade publication based in London. This award recognizes the efforts made by an organization to employ the most efficient and effective sustainable practices in their business with clear and measurable results. The judges praised CSWA for building on 15 years of accomplishments in promoting sustainable winegrowing and winemaking practices throughout California.
Among CSWA’s milestones of 2017 and 2018 are significant growth of Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing (CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE), continued success with Down to Earth Month, a month-long celebration of sustainable winegrowing in April, and tangible outcomes of ongoing outreach and education to advance the industry. The Drinks Business Green Awards are in their eighth year and are now a firmly established accolade for the global wine industry.
“We are honored to have The Drinks Business give our program this international recognition for the fourth time,” said Allison Jordan, executive director of CSWA. “California’s vintners and growers continue to adopt sustainable practices, reflecting their desire to be leaders and world-class producers known not only for high quality wines but the conscientious way in which they produce them.”
CSWA’s Sustainability Report documents broad participation in the Sustainable Winegrowing Program and wide adoption of the practices by California wineries and vineyards. Since the program’s inception in 2002, 14,500 vintners and growers have attended CSWA workshops.
CSWA’s third-party audit program, Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing, also shows increased participation. To date, certified wineries and vineyards account for nearly 70% of the total cases produced in California and 25% of California’s total winegrape hectares/acreage. Since first becoming available in 2017, the new CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE wine logo has been used on 557,553 cases, indicating that the winery is CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE and 85% or more of grapes are from certified vineyards.
The California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in 2003 by Wine Institute and the California Association of Winegrape Growers. CSWA’s mission is to ensure that the California wine community is recognized globally as the leader in sustainable winegrowing in the marketplace and public policy arena through the development and promotion of sustainable practices, tools for education and outreach, partnerships with key stakeholders, and prioritizing research.