Sonoma County grape growers release 100-year sustainability plan

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Sonoma County Winegrowers has created a 100-year business plan to preserve agriculture in Sonoma County. The 100-year plan is said to be the first of its kind in agriculture and the global wine industry. It is also the next step in the evolution of Sonoma County’s efforts to become the first wine region in the United States to have all of their wines grown and made in a sustainable manner.

Sonoma County Winegrowers are currently following a rigorous sustainability self-assessment and third party certification program focused on 138 farming and business practices, such as land use, canopy management, energy efficiency, water quality assessments, carbon emissions, health care and training for employees and being a good neighbor and community member.

In the 12 months since announcing its sustainable intentions, the local wine industry reached one-third of its targeted goal of becoming 100-percent sustainable. Growers representing more than 43% of the county’s 59,772 vineyard acres, or 25,987 vineyard acres, have completed a sustainability assessment. In addition, 33%, or 21,491 vine acres, have been taken to the next step and are now certified under a third-party auditor program.

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