Sonoma County Winegrowers To Establish Center For Ag Sustainability To Address Concerns About The Future Of Farming
Strategic Think Tank Launches At Critical Moment With 85% of Sonoma County’s Vineyards Sustainably Self-Assessed and 60% Certified Sustainable
Nearly three years since making a bold commitment to become America’s first 100% sustainable wine region, the Sonoma County Winegrowers are rapidly moving closer to their goal and gaining global recognition for their leadership. As a result of this progress, the organization has expanded the resources for its local winegrape growers with the hiring of Emily Lambert Farrant as its new Sustainability Manager.
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (September 9, 2016) – The newly relaunched Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation received a generous financial boost over the weekend thanks to a unique wine country weekend package purchased Sunday at the Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction. The auction lot, called the “Three Steves” in recognition of its sponsors – Steve Sangiacomo of Sangiacomo Family Vineyards, Steve Dutton of Dutton Ranch and Steve Page of Sonoma Raceway, raised a total of $110,000 from a handful of bidders with all proceeds going to the Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation. This lot was one of the top auction lots sold during this annual fundraising finale of Sonoma Wine Country Weekend that raised more than $4.6 million for local charities.
Sonoma County Winegrowers Launch An Expanded Vineyard Adventures Program To Showcase Sustainable Vineyard Practices
SONOMA COUNTY, CA, August 16, 2016 – Just in time for the 2016 harvest season, Sonoma County Winegrowers today announced the launch of an expanded Sonoma County Vineyard Adventures, a program designed to help wine lovers get an insider’s view of Sonoma County’s sustainable vineyards.
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onoma County Winegrowers are excited to announce the start of the 2016 harvest with Pinot Gris and Chardonnay grapes picked on Monday, August 1 in the Russian River Valley by J. Vineyards & Winery. That was followed-up with Sonoma Valley’s Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards picking their first fruit of the season on Wednesday, August 3 -Pinot Noir from their Home Ranch. In addition, Iron Horse Vineyards in the Green Valley of the Russian River Valley also started their 2016 harvest on Thursday, August 4. All three will use these grapes for their sparkling wine programs.