Esser® Vineyards

Sustainable Winegrowing

Benefiting the environment, the community and high quality grapes and wine.

Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing (CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE) is a certification program developed by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) that provides verification that a winery or vineyard adopts and implements sustainable winegrowing practices according to the industry's code of best practices and commits to a process of continuous improvementin these practices.

CCSW-Certified wineries and vineyards must:

  • Evaluate their operations on a scale of 1 to 4 in 140 vineyard and 104 winery criteria in the California Code of Sustainable Winegrowing Workbook annually.
  • Meet a minimum score threshold.
  • Meet 58 vineyard prerequisites and 37 winery prerequisites from the Code Workbook criteria to be eligible for the program.
  • Verify the accuracy of their evaluations and practices during a third-party audit.
  • Demonstrate continuous improvement in the adoption of sustainable practices on an annual basis.
  • Vineyards must measure and record water use and nitrogen applied annually. Wineries must measure and record water use, energy use, and greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) annually.

For more information, visit:

California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance