When you think of environmental pollution, family-owned wineries are not usually at the top of the ‘worst offender’ list. But according to the European Environment Agency, small companies account for 60% of the world’s commercial waste and cause more than 50% of the environmental damage.
Sustainable Winegrowing may be a new buzz word in California’s wine country, but for many producers, it is a long-term commitment.
Since the 1970s, the U.S. wine industry has been driven by varietal wines – those labeled by type of grape, e.g. Chardonnay or Merlot. These were the years of America’s wine renaissance, and the industry transitioned from using predominantly generic names, e.g. Chablis and Burgundy.
Few California wine regions produce Pinot Noir with the same depth and finesse as Carneros. Carneros straddles the southern parts of Napa and Sonoma Valleys about 40 miles north of San Francisco.
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