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Sustainable Agriculture and California Wine

Winebusiness.com reported today that:

The 2006 Progress Report from the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA), established by Wine Institute and the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG), indicated a 24 percent increase since 2004 in the number of California wineries and vineyard businesses working to adopt “green” practices that are sensitive to both the environment and society. . . .

The report indicated that 1,165 vineyard and winery enterprises in the CSWA program have evaluated their sustainable practices for 33 percent of California’s 522,000 total winegrape acres, and 53 percent of the state’s total annual wine production of 273 million cases. More specifically, winegrowers increased their performance for 31 of 38 pest management criteria by nearly 8 percent.

“We’re talking about the important way the state’s vintners and growers contribute to the environmental and economic leadership of California,” said Bobby Koch, president and CEO of Wine Institute at the event. “We want to continue to be known for growing world class wines. We also want to be known for the way in which we grow them. What we’re striving to do is to be good neighbors, to preserve the resources, to protect the environment and to operate in a more efficient manner.”

For more general information about the report read the winebusiness.com article, which includes links to more detailed information.