Thursday, January 14, 2010

Leading the way in Sustainable Winegrowing

I just saw a press release from the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) announcing a Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing program. The scheme encourages practices that protect air and water quality, conserve water, promote energy efficiency and reduced pesticide use, and preserve ecosystems and animal habitat, among others.

What's particularly interesting is that of the 17 wineries that have received certification under the pilot program, three of them are local: Clos LaChance, Cooper-Garrod and J. Lohr. That's a pretty high percentage. Congratulations.

To learn more about the scheme go to
The press release is here (PDF).
There's an article in the Press Democrat
Also a piece on