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California growers’ alliance gets top environmental honour

The California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance has just been awarded California’s most prestigious environmental honour.

California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger named the CSWA recipient of the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards (GEELA) in Sacramento earlier this week.

The award recognises individuals and institutions that have made notable contributions in conserving the state’s natural resources, protecting the environment and in building public-private partnerships.

CSWA was established by the Wine Institute and the California Association of Winegrape Growers to support the widespread adoption of sustainable winegrowing practices.

A major part of the CSWA programme is encouraging the active participation of vintners, growers, trade associations and any organisation connected with winemaking.

The organisation has set up sustainable winegrowing workshops in 24 different counties of the winegrowing regions of California.

‘The GEELA recognition continues the momentum of our sustainable programme, which has had a positive response from vintners and growers around the state,’ CSWA vice president Jim Unti said. He added, ‘However, our work is just beginning.’

Written by Adam Lechmere

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