California vineyards and wineries are encouraged to apply for the 2021 California Green Medal: Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Awards. Applications are now being accepted at The California Green Medal is presented by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA), California Association of Winegrape Growers, Wine Institute, Lodi Winegrape Commission, Napa Valley Vintners, Sonoma County Winegrowers, and The Vineyard Team.


decorative picture of the green medal


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 also 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 and 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 showcase our state’s vintners’ and growers’ on-the-ground commitment to sustainability, but also demonstrates how our entire California wine community is taking a leadership role,” said Allison Jordan, CSWA Executive Director. “We are excited to review the 2021 entries, which are always inspiring and demonstrate innovation.”

The 2020 Green Medal recipients included J. Lohr Vineyard & Wines (Leader Award), Bonterra Organic Vineyards (Environment Award), Clif Family Winery (Community Award), and Pisoni Family Vineyards (Business Award). A video highlighting the sustainability accomplishments of all past award recipients is available at:

Applications are being accepted now through Friday, April 2, 2021.


Winners will receive a Green Medal and be recognized in widely distributed communications.  Congratulations to all previous winners – view past winners at

The seventh 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 Green, Allison Jordan, California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, David Glancy, San Francisco Wine School, Sandra Taylor, Sustainable Business International LLC, Frances Knapczyk, Napa Resource Conservation District, Cyril Penn, Wine Business Monthly, Katie Piontek, Sonoma County Winegrape Commission, Mike Taylor, Nugget Market, Inc., and Beth Vukmanic Lopez, The Vineyard Team.

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