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Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing

Introduced in 2010, CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE is a certification program providing third-party verification that a winery or vineyard has adopted and implemented stringent sustainable winegrowing standards based on the Industry’s Code of 200+ best practices, and has commited to continuous improvement in those areas. After meeting 58 vineyard and 37 winery criteria, companies use self-assessment data to determine what areas need to be improved, to focus their resources on practices that will make the most difference for their sustainability goals, and to continually retain certification year after year. Vineyards and wineries must also meet an overall score threshold, and measure and track metrics for water, energy, GHGs and nitrogen. Vineyards must also comply with the restrictions on crop-protection materials. An annual third-party audit is required to earn and maintain certification status.

Certified Sustainable Wine Bottle LogoSince 2017, participants have had the option to use a new CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE wine logo on the bottle. Certified wineries must source at least 85% of their grapes from certified vineyards and 100% of their grapes must come from California.

CSWA publishes Certified Sustainable Annual Reports, a yearly update on statistics and progress in grower and vintner adoption of sustainable practices.

 

FOR GROWERS & VINTNERS

Learn more about the requirements for your vineyard, winery and/or wines to become CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE and how to apply for certification.

Resources, Reports & Workshops

More tools and resources for growers and vintners including a workshop calendar, sustainability reports and important links.

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