Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has honored the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance with the 2010 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award, the state’s highest environmental honor, for the Alliance’s California Sustainable Winegrowing Program.
A 2004 GEELA recipient, CSWA received the 2010 award in the category of “Enhanced Environmental and Economic Leadership,” which honors prior award recipients who have sustained exceptional leadership and demonstrate significant and robust improvements in voluntary efforts to help conserve California’s resources, protect and enhance the environment, and strengthen the economy.
CSWA was established by Wine Institute and the California Association of Winegrape Growers eight years ago to support widespread adoption of sustainable winegrowing practices. The program has broad industry participation with 1,566 vineyard and winery organizations, representing 68% of California’s vineyard acreage and 63% of the state’s 240 million case shipments.
CSWA has held nearly 400 sustainable winegrowing workshops throughout California since the inception of the program, with more than 9,200 growers and winemakers attending.