About us

A Unique Coalition: The Sustainable Wine Roundtable (SWR) is the only global, independent, non-profit, multistakeholder roundtable built to include the whole wine value chain.

Purpose: To promote sustainable development in the global wine industry for the benefit of all parties, including consumers, the workforce and the public in general.

Clarity and consensus: Producers need guidance, marketers and consumers need clarity. Working together, SWR members will define sustainable wine in practical detail.

The SWR will enable the wine community to take its place as a leader on the world sustainability stage through clarity, collaboration and consensus.

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What will the SWR do?

  • Lead the development of global sustainability reference standard and the sharing of best practices
  • Enable collaboration among regional and local standard setters and certification programmes
  • Be a platform for dialogue, advocacy, collaboration, tool sharing and active problem sharing
  • Host technical working groups on critical issues
  • Enable information sharing through discussion and networking
  • Research into current and emerging areas of sustainability for ongoing relevance
  • Climate change

  • Energy & water conservation

  • Pest control

  • Biodiversity

  • Shipping

  • Certification

  • Carbon neutrality

  • Packaging options

  • Consumer perception

  • Standards

  • Metrics

  • Waste management

  • Best practices

  • Compliance

Governance

SWR Members 

50 pioneering Founding Members with a significant commitment to sustainability have laid the groundwork of the SWR. These Founders have now been joined by new members committed to shaping the next phase of the organisations development through their time, expertise and finance. They represent a true cross section of the global wine industry by sector and geography.

To apply for membership: Click Here

Board of Trustees 

The SWR Board of Trustees is responsible for ensuring the SWR delivers its Charitable Purpose and Objectives, whilst providing oversight on the governance, financial budget, and delivery of strategy.

Our Trustees

Richard Bampfield MW (UK)

Dom de Ville, The Wine Society (UK)

Will Drayton, Treasury Wine Estates (USA)

Marcus Ihre, Systembolaget (Sweden)

Katie Pease, Sustainable Winegrowing British Columbia (Canada)

Stefano Stefanucci, EQUALITAS (Italy)

James Streeter, SWR (Chairman of the Board) (UK)

Marta Juega Rivera, Alliance Wine (Spain)

Andrés Valero, Grupo Avinea (Argentina)

Membership Engagement Group 

The SWR Membership Engagement Group (MEG) is an active working group that engages members at a detailed level across the entire membership. Participants have the opportunity to engage with members on key issues as directed by the Board of Trustees.

The MEG provides information, solutions and feedback to the Board. The number of participants reflect the number of members in each membership group but are limited to a manageable number c.15.

Facilitated by a member of the SWR Operations Team – Tom Owtram (Outreach and Development Manager) will chair the MEG for 2022 to 2023.

SWR Operations Team 

The SWR Operations Team underpins the day to day running of the SWR, with the key function being to develop and implement the strategy and operational plan.

Our Team

Toby Webb, Executive Director

Tom Owtram, Outreach and Development Manager

James Streeter, Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Dr. Peter Stanbury, Head of Research

Hanna Halmari, Editor of Sustainable Wine

Ambassadors 

We are delighted to partner with key individuals and representatives who bring deep knowledge in critical and emerging areas. These expert advisors are invited to contribute when relevant issues arise:

Our Ambassadors

Louise Doucet, Director Sustainability Advisory, ABN Amro Bank N.V

Ignacio Gavilan, Director of Sustainability, The Consumer Goods Forum

Caroline Hermann MW

Etelle Higonnet, Senior Advisor, National Wildlife Federation

Dr. Greg Jones, CEO and Climatologist, Abacela Winery

Dr. Simon Lord, Independent Sustainability Advisor

Vidya Narasimhan, Independent Wine Consultant

Operational Plan - 2022 to 2023

Key areas of action for 2022/2023

Global mapping and benchmarking  of existing regional and local standard.

Delivery of co-funded member research projects in five key areas.

Redevelopment of website to provide a hub for networking and information sharing.

SWR Monthly Webinars.

These areas of action are supported by the SWR Board of Trustees, Operations Team, Membership Engagement Group and from the ongoing support of Founding Members.