Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing Participants Program By: Garrett Blanton - January 25, 2010 CCSW-Certified is short for Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing, a certification program that provides third-party verification of a winery or vineyard’s adherence to a “process of continuous improvement” in the adoption and implementation of sustainable winegrowing practices. CCSW-Certified wineries and vineyards must: * Evaluate the sustainability of their operations on a scale of 1 to 4 in 227 criteria included in the Code of Sustainable Winegrowing Practices Self-Assessment Workbook annually * Meet a set of 58 prerequisites among the 227 Code criteria to be eligible for the program * Verify the accuracy of their scores and practices through a third-party auditor * Identify key areas in which they can improve the sustainability of their practices * Create and implement annual action plans to accomplish these improvements Seventeen companies have received certification for some or all of their vineyard and winery operations after participating in a pilot program to test the certification requirements and offer feedback. The below links show the companies that are Certified Participants and each link provides details on which part of the operation was certified. For more information on how to become a Certified Participant please see the Certification Guidebook or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please download the Certification Guidebook for full details about the certification program including the certification requirements, pre-requisites, process to obtain certification, guidelines for communicating certification, and other information by visiting this link Certification Guidebook.