The CVWGA in partnership with the Northern and Yorke Landscape Board are offering members highly subsidised training and on-going support to help both grower and winery businesses achieve SWA membership or certification.

Information Session: Tuesday, August 2 from 5.30pm-6.30pm at the Clare Valley Wine, Food & Tourism Centre.

Information Session guest speakers

  • Taylors Wines Case Study – Ben Mitchell and Matt Schultz. Winery and vineyard accreditation, what are the benefits of sustainability credentials to the Taylors Wine business
  • FABAL Case Study – James Arnold, Nick McDonald. Vineyard accreditation – what are the benefits to the vineyard business, why have you gone down this path, and what can we offer your customer?
  • A Retail Perspective, market insights on sustainability credentials – Kathy Gertau, Dan Murphy
  • Consumers, the Media, what do they demand? – Nick Ryan, wine commentator

If you're interested to learn more, please register to attend our Information Session:
When: Tuesday, August 2 from 5.30pm-6.30pm
Where: Clare Valley Wine, Food & Tourism Centre

Certification Subsidisation Program

Certification training will be reduced from $460 to $100 per business and group discounts will also be secured for the audit. Individual support will be provided at no cost with regular information sessions throughout the year and you will gain sustainability credentials valued by your customer.

The program includes:

  • Resources to support the collection for vineyard and winery metrics
  • Individual support for completing the workbook
  • Highly subsidised certification training by AWRI
  • A calendar of resources to develop policies and plans for certification
  • Individual support to assist preparing for certification
  • Discounted certification audit
  • Certification by vintage 2023 or 2024

Benefits of Membership/Certification:


  • Telling a better brand story; becoming a brand that is known for making exceptional wine that supports a greater good
  • Creating value and security for generations of grapegrowers and winemakers to come by nurturing the land and passing it on in better condition
  • Delivering business efficiencies in both the short and long-term
  • Being part of a collective effort to ensure a resilient and thriving Australian wine community
  • Staying one step ahead of increased demand from consumers and retailers as they seek more sustainable options
  • Seeing what you’ve done and where you can improve through benchmarking
  • Reducing the environmental footprint of your activities
  • Recording and measuring what you do and use, so you can start to find efficiencies
  • Improve Soil Structure to boost water infiltration rates ,water holding capacity and cation exchange capacity
  • Increase Soil Carbon to boost soil microbial populations and microbial diversity to increase the level of vine available nutrients
  • Increase Biodiversity with native plants hosting beneficial insects to reduce the reliance in synthetic insecticides


  • Enjoying a strong market demand for sustainable wines
  • Saving money in both the short and long-term
  • Strengthening your brand story and brand value
  • Getting the rights to use the trust mark – increasing point-of-sale differentiation
  • Having more marketing opportunities and awards available through industry bodies
  • Reducing the impact on the environment
  • Being part of a wine community to achieve shared goals
  • Growing a socially, environmentally and economically resilient business

Can we make the case that compels your grape or wine business to join the SWA program? Find out at an introductory session which outlines a training and engagement program to support the adoption of Sustainable Winegrowing Australia in the Clare Valley.