Announcing the 2017 Green Medal Awards Program




Leader Award. Honoring the vineyard and/or winery that best demonstrates the ability to balance the “3 E’s” of sustainability, (Environmentally sound, socially Equitable and Economically viable) and excels in each of these areas.

Environment Award. Honoring the vineyard and/or winery that best demonstrates Environmental Stewardship through maximized environmental benefits from implementing sustainable practices.

Community Award. Honoring the vineyard and/or winery that is a Good Neighbor & Employer using the most innovative practices that enhance relations with employees, neighbors and/or communities.

Business Award. Honoring the vineyard and/or winery that best demonstrates Smart Business through efficiencies, cost savings and innovation from implementing sustainable practices.

Congratulations to our 2017 winners

leaderFrancis Ford Coppola Winery
based in Geyserville in Sonoma County, demonstrates admirable leadership in all areas of sustainability. Last year the winery made a firm commitment to source 100% sustainably certified grapes by 2019, while providing technical and financial assistance to growers to help them achieve certification. Within the company, employees receive sustainability training opportunities and generate ideas on how the company can take the most sustainable approach to address water and energy usage and waste management among other activities. To spearhead these efforts, a volunteer Green Team comprised of employees is active throughout the vineyard and winery operations to implement ideas, identify areas of improvement and seek opportunities to innovate under the guidance of the company’s five-year sustainability plan.

Green Medal for Environmental StewardshipSpottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery
based in St. Helena in Napa Valley, has been a pioneer in green leadership for over 30 years, transitioning its historic estate to organic farming in 1985 and earning organic certification in 1992, one of two organic vineyards in Napa Valley at the time. Spottswoode helped cultivate the idea that going green leads to superior quality. In addition to organic farming, Spottswoode’s commitment to environmental stewardship is reflected in its biodynamic practices, almost exclusive use of solar power, preservation and conservation efforts, and its philanthropy practice of donating 1% of annual profits to environmental organizations.

COMMUNITYSt. Francis Winery & Vineyards,
based in Santa Rosa in Sonoma County, operates under the belief that good neighbors help each other and that employees are part of the success of sustainability. The winery offers a comprehensive benefits package and annual health and wellness screenings. Actions like these led to recognition in regional “best places to work” awards for the past six years. Local outreach is also part of their good neighbor ethos, exemplified by funding an annual day of service for employees to work at local non-profits. Understanding the importance of education, St. Francis shares a strong message of sustainability with the public through informative vineyard tours and offers technical and financial assistance to local grape growers for sustainability certification and education.

BUSINESSMonterey Pacific, Inc.
with vineyards throughout California’s Central Coast takes the most efficient parts of organic, biodynamic and sustainable farming and creates a successful, economically and environmentally sound management style for growing grapes. Their commitment is reflected in virtually no employee turnover, providing continuing education benefits, and offering dual language programs for improvement of overall communication. In 2016, Monterey Pacific certified 6,000 acres to SIP Certified or Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing with a commitment to certify the remaining managed acreage this year. Understanding that vineyard management involves more than just land, but also people and sound business practices, the company has remained steadfast in its commitment to sustainability since its inception.



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In addition to being recognized as a sustainability leader in the California wine industry, award winners will:

  • Receive a green medal award and certificate
  • Be honored at an awards ceremony in April 2017 in Sacramento
  • Receive full access to award logo to include in marketing efforts
  • Be listed on presenting organizations websites and featured in award communications (widely distributed press releases, e-newsletters, social media, etc.)
  • Be featured in a Wine Business Monthly ad
  • Be featured in video of award winners and receive a copy for your own use, depending on sufficient sponsorship


  • All applicants must be a California vineyard and/or winery.
  • All applicants must have participated in a California sustainability program within the past 3 years (e.g. California Green Business Program, California Sustainable Winegrowing Self-Assessment Program, Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing, Fish Friendly Farming, LandSmart, Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing, Lodi Rules Self-Assessment, Napa Green, Sustainability In Practice Certification, Sustainability In Practice Self-Assessment).
  • Applicants are encouraged to focus on practices, projects or initiatives that have taken place in the past three years, with a particular emphasis on the past 12 months.
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Judging Panel for 2017 Awards

  • Stephanie Bolton, Sustainable Winegrowing Director, Lodi Winegrape Commission
  • Emily Farrant, Sustainability, Sonoma County Winegrowers
  • David Glancy, Master Sommelier, San Francisco Wine School
  • Lindsey M. Higgins, Assistant Professor in the Agribusiness Department, Cal Poly State University
  • Allison Jordan, Executive Director, California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance
  • Michelle Novi, Industry Relations Manager, Napa Valley Vintners
  • Cyril Penn, Editor in Chief, Wine Business Monthly
  • Kate Piontek, Vice President of Operations, Sonoma County
  • Beth Vukmanic Lopez, SIP Certification Manager, The Vineyard Team

Selection Criteria:

The judging panel will consider the following criteria when scoring applications:

  • Practices, project(s) and/or initiative(s) demonstrate outstanding achievement in each of the sustainable practice areas relevant to their award category
  • Includes major accomplishments and measurable results
  • Practices, project(s) and/or initiative(s) are innovative and/or unique
  • Clearly articulates why they are deserving of the award and what sets them apart from others
  • Certified to a third-party sustainable winegrowing certification program receives bonus points
  • Provides compelling supporting documentation
  • Promotes public awareness of the merits of using sustainability practices through far-reaches platforms
  • Demonstrates Excellence in Award Category:
    • Environment Award: Demonstrates maximized environmental benefits
    • Community Award: Enhances relations with employees, neighbors and/or communities
    • Business Award: Demonstrates efficiencies and cost savings
    • Leader Award: Balances multiple objectives of environmental, economic and social goals, and sustainability is clearly integrated into the overall business


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How to Apply

  • Applications for the 2018 awards program will open in mid-November.
  • Applicants are encouraged to focus on practices, projects or initiatives that have taken place in the past three years, with a particular emphasis on the past 12 months.
  • Any applicants with multiple operations are encouraged to provide a company-wide perspective in application responses.
  • Applicants may submit larger supporting document files via DropBox.com, Box.net or similar document sharing sites.
  • Contact info@greenmedal.org with any questions.


Sustainable winegrowing is a comprehensive set of practices that are environmentally sound, socially equitable and economically viable. Sustainable winegrowing is being used by winegrape growers and vintners throughout California to grow and make high quality grapes and wine. These sustainable vineyard and winery practices conserve water and energy, maintain healthy soil, protect air and water quality, enhance relations with employees and communities, preserve local ecosystems and wildlife habitat, and improve the economic vitality of vineyards and wineries.