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Wine Institute publishes guide on vineyard water use

Published:  18 January, 2007

A guide to help winery owners in the sustainable management of water usage in their vineyards has been published by the Wine Institute and the American Vineyard Association.

Produced in partnership with the National Gape & Wine Initiative, the document gives wineries of all sizes the tools for self-assessment to make improvements in environmental performance and to lower overall production costs for water and energy use.

Robert Koch, Wine Institute CEO, said: "The guide demonstrates the California wine industry's continued commitment to environmental stewardship and leadership in sustainable winegrowing.

"Because natural resources are limited, the industry recognises the need to be at the forefront of conserving and discharging water of high quality and using energy and other resources in a socially responsible manner."