In January of 2014, the Sonoma County Winegrowers announced that they were making a commitment to being the first 100% sustainable wine region in the United States by 2019. Now, just 18 months after that announcement, over half (58%) of their total acres are sustainable. A lot has been accomplished in a short time. Which is impressive, but not entirely shocking considering the hardworking, determined people working to make this goal a reality.
Sonoma County Winegrowers are multigenerational family farmers and businesses dedicated to nurturing and protecting the land for future generations. Some families have been growing grapes since the late 1800’s. Their dedication to the land results in impeccable, locally grown grapes used to produce world class wines.
Take a moment to enjoy this video from Rodney Strong Vineyards to learn more about the land in Sonoma County, and what makes one particular area a special resource for a Rodney Strong Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. You’ll meet Kip Herzog, owner of Blue Wing Vineyard, who was born in and has spent his entire life in beautiful Sonoma County. For 15 years, Kip has been dedicated to doing everything he can in his vineyard to help Rodney Strong produce the best wines they can. His family’s dairy farm started in 1925 and Kip’s love of the land and love of farming shines through.
Sustainable farming techniques promote the growth of crops while protecting the environment and the people and animals in the community. Sustainable practices include natural pest predators, the use of cover crops to prevent weed growth and erosion while improving soil quality, and much more.