Sustainable Winegrowing in California
California’s wine industry recently got good marks from the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA). According to the 2006 progress report, there has been a 24% increase in wineries and grape growers who use “green” techniques and business practices.
The results were released during an industry and press event at San Francisco’s Fort Mason. In 2002, the CSWA was jointly founded by the California Association of Winegrape Growers and the Wine Institute. Many wineries and vineyard owners have joined since then, and the movement is clearly gaining momentum.
California has long been a leader in environmentally friendly practices in the vineyard and the winery. Not only is this good for the land, but it also requires a meticulous attention to detail which often translates into better wines for the consumer.