Sustainable Practices

CVA Sustainability Principles


The Canadian wine industry is entirely dependent on natural resources for its solar energy, climate, water, soils and the successful integration of all these elements. Protection and enhancement of these natural assets through sustainable practices are an imperative.

The goals of sustainability include a desire to improve environmental performance, improve the quality of wine growing and winemaking in an environmentally responsive manner, provide information to consumers and add value to our industry and our community.

The CVA supports a selection of appropriate environmental sustainability programs for both vineyard and winery operations, underlining a widespread awareness of environmental sustainability and a commitment to implementation. CVA’s Environmental Sustainability Principles were developed in cooperation with FIVS and have been adopted by the World Wine Trade Group. These principles ensure flexibility in achieving environmental sustainability objectives, while preserving the programs of individual wineries and providing an ability to achieve success within a company’s particular operating environment.

CVA Environmental Sustainability Principles (PDF 64KB)

Case Studies in Sustainability

oak room_tasting_07-v2CVA’s members are proud to be involved in a range of sustainable practices, from building LEED-certified wine sampling rooms and cellars, to embracing biodynamic viniculture and protecting indigenous plants and animals. Both our winery members and our associate members (who are involved in the broader wine supply chain in Canada) are committed to CVA Sustainability Practices. To highlight the active engagement of our membership, we have put together a number of case studies, reflective of their efforts to protect our natural environment.

L’Acadie Vineyards (Nova Scotia)

Southbrook Vineyards (Ontario)

Summerhill Pyramid Winery (British Columbia)

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards (British Columbia)

TricorBraun WinePak (Associate Member)

Regional Sustainability Initiatives

Sustainable Winemaking Ontario

Sustainable Winegrowing British Columbia