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Wine groups seek applicants for Green Medal awards

California vineyards and wineries that participate in a sustainability program in California are eligible to apply

California vineyards and wineries are encouraged to apply for the 2020 California Green Medal: Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Awards.

Applications are being accepted now through Friday, Jan. 24 at

The California Green Medal is presented by California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, California Association of Winegrape Growers, Wine Institute, Lodi Winegrape Commission, Napa Valley Vintners, Sonoma County Winegrowers and The Vineyard Team.

California vineyards and wineries that participate in a sustainability program in California are eligible to apply in four award categories that recognize outstanding achievement in sustainability:

  • Leader Award given to the vineyard or winery that demonstrates success and innovation in all of the below three areas of sustainable winegrowing and inspires others.
  • Environment Award, given to the vineyard or winery that best demonstrates Environmental Stewardship through maximized environmental benefits from implementing sustainable practices.
  • Community Award, given to the vineyard or winery that is a Good Neighbor & Employer using the most innovative practices that enhance relations with employees, neighbors and/or communities.
  • Business Award, given to the vineyard or winery that best demonstrates Smart Business through efficiencies, cost savings and innovation from implementing sustainable practices.

“The California Green Medal awards were established to recognize not only the hard work and commitment of our vintners and growers to sustainability, but demonstrate how our entire California wine community is taking a leadership role in sustainable winegrowing,” said Allison Jordan, CSWA Executive Director. “We have seen some outstanding applications submitted the past several years, and we look forward to receiving 2020 entries.”

The 2019 Green Medal recipients included: Silver Oak (2019 Leader Award); Scheid Family Wines (2019 Environment Award); Smith Family Wines (2019 Community Award); and Domaine Carneros (2019 Business Award). Videos highlighting the sustainability accomplishments of all past award recipients are available at:

Visit: for more information or to apply. Winners will receive a Green Medal, be recognized in widely distributed communications and honored at an awards ceremony in April in Sacramento.

The sixth annual California Green Medal is being judged by a panel of wine and sustainability experts, including: Karen Block, UC Davis Viticulture and Enology; Stephanie Bolton, Lodi Winegrape Commission; Anna Brittain, Napa Valley Vintners; Lisa Francioni, California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance; David Glancy, San Francisco Wine School; Frances Knapczyk, Napa Resource Conservation District; Emily Pelissier, UC Berkeley Center for Responsible Business; Cyril Penn, Wine Business Monthly; Katie Piontek, Sonoma County Winegrape Commission; Mike Taylor, Nugget Market, Inc.; and Beth Vukmanic Lopez, The Vineyard Team.

Sponsors include: Exclusive Media Sponsor, Wine Business Monthly; Silver Sponsors, Farm Credit Alliance, Grow West, MCE; Bronze Sponsors, ETS Laboratories, Protected Harvest.

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