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April 29, 2013 | 12:14 PM

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The Land Trust of Napa County has received a $11,439 donation from The Hess Collection, generated by the winery’s participation in the 1% For The Planet environmental advocacy program, a growing global movement of companies donating 1% of sales for local environmental programs.

The Hess Collection is a long-time member and has often selected the Land Trust as the beneficiary of this annual donation. The 380-acre Archer Taylor Preserve, a permanently protected wildlife habitat managed by the Land Trust, is located near the winery.

Each year Hess designates 1% of sales from the Hess Collection Small Block Series of limited-release wines made available exclusively to Hess Collector’s Club members and visitors who purchase the wines at the winery on Mount Veeder for the program. Since the effort began, the winery has donated more than $50,000 from the sales of the limited production wines, and other sustainability promotions.

“Our commitment to sustainability began when founder Donald Hess first came to Mount Veeder and Napa in the late 1970s,” explained Timothy Persson, Chief Executive Officer of The Hess Collection, who noted that the winery has earned certifications for both its vineyards and winery operations from the Napa Green, Fish Friendly Farming and California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance programs. “The Land Trust of Napa County shares our values, and we’re pleased to partner with them to preserve the character and precious green space of Napa County.”

“We are very grateful to The Hess Collection for this generous donation,” said Doug Parker, CEO of Land Trust of Napa County. “The Hess Collection’s contribution is a great help toward permanently protecting the landscape of Napa County and we are proud to be supported by and associated with Donald Hess, Timothy Persson, and the entire team at The Hess Collection in this meaningful way.”
 

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