This month, California wineries celebrate “Down to Earth’ month by highlighting California’s sustainable winegrowing and winemaking. The eco-friendly practices of California wineries are socially and environmentally responsible showing that not all wine is red or white, it can even be green!
Wine consumers from all across the state can take part in festivities offered by California wineries. From Earth Day festivals and “green wine trails” to dog-friendly vineyard hikes, wildlife talks, horseback rides and eco-tours, the state’s wineries will highlight being green this April. Wine lovers will be given the opportunity to watch and experience the different processes of winegrowing and winemaking, while still keeping up with a green theme.
Robert P. (Bobby) Koch, President and CEO of Wine Institute, says “We have made a long-term commitment to sustainability. Wineries and vineyards that produce nearly two-thirds of California’s winegrapes and wine participate in our California Sustainable Winegrowing program with more than 10,000 attending educational workshops since the program’s inception a decade ago. The scale of accomplishment is remarkable, as California is the world’s fourth-largest wine producer.”
In addition to sustainability goals, California wine contributes $61.5 billion to the state’s economy, attracts more than 21 million tourists annually, generates 820,000 jobs nationwide of which 330,000 are in California, as vintners and growers keep their farms and wineries family owned for future generations
Down to Earth Month features a wide variety of events for visitors to enjoy, in many different locations. Winery events including sustainbly grown wines, tastings, food, music, and various ‘green’ activities.
April 1-30: In Northern Sonoma County, the Green Trail of Dry Creek Valley will be offering a special, customized experience exploring the region’s certified organic and certified biodynamic wineries.
April 19-21: In Napa, Down to Earth with Napa Green Certified Wineries is offering a fun way to learn about green design, conservation and creative re-use as well as tasting events.
April 19-28: Mendocino wineries will be having Where The Earth IS First Fest where guests can enjoy organic wine and food as well as take part in eco-friendly activities.
April 21: Livermore Valley wineries “Down to Earth” tours and tastings, highlighting sustainable winegrowing and winemaking.
April 26-27: The San Luis Obispo County Farmfest on the Coast will offer sustainably grown wine and edibles at Dinosaur Caves Park, overlooking the ocean in Pismo Beach.
April 20: Central Coast Wineries Earth Day Food & Wine Festival will showcase more than 200 growers, vintners, and chefs serving local wines and foods. Guests will also enjoy music, dancing and more! In Santa Cruz, the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association Passport Day celebrates with organic wine trails, barrel samples and special tasting flights.
You can check out all of the Down to Earth activities at www.discovercaliforniawines.com/d2e.
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