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'Down To Earth': A wine lovers guide to sustainability

Down to Earth is the new book released by the Wine Institute
Down to Earth is the new book released by the Wine InstituteCori Solomon

Sustainability has become a prominent practice in the wine industry. In California, the Wine Institute is at the forefront through the establishment of the Sustainable Winegrowing Program and the California Sustainable Winegrowers Alliance, which promotes member wineries and winegrowers in their endeavors of green practices. With the onset of April and “Down To Earth Month”, the Wine Institute has just released a new book, Down to Earth: A Seasonal Tour of Sustainable Winegrowing in California, written by Janet Fletcher and exquisitely photographed by George Rose.

The book is divided into the four seasons and profiles fifteen winemakers and growers and their various sustainable practices. The profiles show how each vintner and grower interprets the Sustainable Winegrowing Program. Many utilize not only sustainable practices but also incorporate organic and biodynamic principles into their grape growing and winemaking process. They are representative of those in the wine industry that have participated in education, self-assessment and certification programs by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance and other state sustainability organizations. Down to Earth shows the three defining principles of sustainability and the Sustainable Winegrowing Program. They are environmentally sound, economically feasible and socially equitable. These principles are further emphasized by the inclusion of the following aspects: the production of the best quality winegrapes and wine, protecting the environment and conserving natural resources, maintaining the viability of our agricultural lands, as well as support and communicating with employees and the community.

The vintners and growers profiled in the order they appear in the book are: Navarro Vineyards & Winery, Clos Lachance Winery, Gallo Family Vineyards, Sangiacomo Family Vineyards, Etude Wines, Honig Vineyard & Winery, Wente Vineyards, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, Bonterra Organic Vineyards, J Vineyards & Winery, Robert Mondavi Winery, Trinchero Family Estates, Delicato Family Vineyards, Ampelos Cellars and Langetwins Winery & Vineyards.

As more and more wineries and vineyards engage in the green practices of sustainability, it is important for consumers to understand the basis of this program and Down to Earth does just that.

This 256-page book is $40 is available for purchase at www.discovercaliforniawines.com/downtoearth.

To learn more about Down to Earth Month and its celebrations, click here.

The Wine Institute represents California wineries in the U.S. and around the world as their voice advocating public policy and allowing the 1,000 winery and affiliated business members to responsibly produce, promote and enjoy wine, in addition to encouraging sustainable winegrowing and winemaking practices.

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