With more sustainable wine-growing than anywhere else in the world, California is the perfect place to celebrate Earth Day (April 22nd) this year and throughout the month. The state’s wineries are offering many special events showcasing eco-responsible wine-growing and winemaking.
“Earth Day is a great time to think about how California’s wine industry has raised the bar for producing wines that are responsible to the earth and communities,” says Allison Jordan of the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance. To date, 1,566 vintners and growers—about 68% of the California’s vineyard acreage and 63% of wine production—have assessed the sustainability of their operations.
Among vintners hosting Earth Day-themed events are Wente Vineyards in the Livermore Valley wine region, which is offering a special wine and food tasting, as well as a tour of its organically farmed Chef Gardens and Audubon Sanctuary. Kunde Family Estate in Sonoma Valley has a special “Hike and Taste in the Vineyards” tour of its sustainably certified estate. At Grgich Hills Estate in Napa Valley, two can taste and tour its biodynamic estate for the price of one, while four wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountains Organic Wine Trail will celebrate Earth Day 2011 by showcasing their certified organic vineyards with a tour and tasting of wines at Cooper Garrod, Silver Mountain, Vine Hill and Alfaro Family Vineyard.