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1. April – SAN FRANCISCO – The California Sustainable Viticulture Alliance (CSWA) today – at the beginning of Earth Month – launched a new website dedicated to California’s Certified Sustainable Viticulture program:californiasustainablewine.com.

Designed for trade, media, consumers and visitors who want to find sustainable wines, vineyards and wineries certified by rigorous third-party audits, the website illustrates how vineyards and wineries are produced in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.

The new certification website is a tool to communicate important sustainability messages and connect certified wines, vineyards and wineries with interested retailers and consumers, says Allison Jordan, executive director of CSWA. The California wine industry is a world leader in sustainability and is well positioned to capitalize on the growing interest we have seen in recent research.

Presentation pages of the new site :

  • SEARCH – Users can search for wines, wineries and/or certified vineyards and sort them by variety, region or appellation. With 2,247 certified California wineries on 204,000 acres (32% of California’s vineyard acreage; another 22% certified by other California sustainable viticulture programs), 171 certified wineries producing 255 million cases (80% of California’s wine), and 9.4 million cases (113 million bottles of wine) with a certification logo or statement, the search feature is a valuable new tool for discovering California wineries and vineyards committed to sustainability.
  • VISITING – Visitors can use an interactive map to plan a journey through wine country to certified wineries with tasting rooms open to the public. The site allows users to identify certified wineries in a specific wine region or view an overall framework for sustainability throughout California.
  • LEARN – The certification overview covers the requirements, key areas of sustainable viticulture and why it is important to support sustainable vineyards and wineries. Also included is information on the California Certified Organic Viticulture logos, other California sustainability programs (e.g., LODI RULES, SIP Certified, and Napa Green), and definitions of organic/biodynamic wines.  Users can also explore the issue further through the Training page for even more information about the program.

About the California Sustainable Viticulture Alliance.

The California Sustainable Winegrowers Alliance (CSWA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2003 by the Wine Institute and the California Winegrowers Association. CSWC’s mission is to promote the adoption of sustainable wine practices and bring attention to California’s wine industry global leadership through education, outreach, certification and partnerships. The result of this work will be a healthier environment, stronger communities and vibrant businesses.

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