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“Green” Wine Anyone?

August 19, 2008

Sacramento, CA - Some grapes are green, so why not some wines? Californians wanting a "greener" bottle of wine will soon be able to look for a seal that certifies the wine was produced using strict new sustainable farming practices. Central California wine-grape growers participating in the pilot program must submit documentation to prove their crops are sustainably grown, and then face an independent auditor.

Rich Smith of Paraiso Vineyards, one of the first growers to earn certification, is a founding member of the Central Coast Vineyard Team, which developed the program. He says the goal is to develop a protocol that allows growers to make better decisions about farming based on science and experience, and thus enable them to have their wines certified as "Sustainably Grown."

"We're constantly looking at every aspect of our farming relationships, our human relationships, and the economics of our business to make sure we're being successful on all fronts."

The certification process, which took more than a decade of research and experimentation to develop, includes ten chapters that address everything from energy conservation and water quality to habitat and pest management. The Central Coast Vineyard Team has spent more than a decade of research and experimentation to create the program.

Smith says he chooses to farm this way because he wants to protect our environment and future generations of farmers.

"They're going to get soil, water, air and natural resources that are equal to or better than the ones that I found when I got here."

More information on the program is available at

Lori Abbott/Kevin Clay, Public News Service - CA