California Wines: Down to Earth Month

The Wine Institute is celebrating with two brand new sustainability initiatives!

Free online class: the California Sustainable Winegrowing Ambassador Course

There’s a new, fun way to learn about sustainability: Wine Institute has launched the California Sustainable Winegrowing Ambassador Course, a new online certificate class that provides education about sustainable practices used for California wine. The free, one-hour course helps both consumers and wine professionals learn and test their understanding of the sustainable practices of California wineries and vineyards. After reading through the self-paced online materials, you’ll have the opportunity to complete a quiz and earn a certificate as a California Sustainable Winegrowing Ambassador!

Learn more about it here:

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California Green Medal Awards

The first California Green Medal: Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Award winners were announced on April 13. The California Green Medal showcases some of the leading wineries and vineyards committed to sustainability. Winners were selected in four categories:

· Leader – Fetzer Vineyards

· Environment – Benziger Family Winery

· Community – Nord Vineyard Services

· Business – Trinchero Family Estates

The awards were developed by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA), California Association of Winegrape Growers, Lodi Winegrape Commission, Napa Valley Vintners, Vineyard Team and Wine Institute. Learn more about it here: