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April 11, 2013 | 3:30 PM

Wineries around the country are preparing for Earth Day festivities. Here's a round-up of just some of the events to pass through Wine Business Monthly's email.

Wine Institute launched its "California Wines Green Tour" video, which promotes sustainable winegrowing and winemaking practices around the state.

From their press release:

"In Green Tour, viewers get a snapshot of what sustainable winegrowing means--from using solar energy and preserving water, to planting cover crops between vine rows for soil health and attracting beneficial insects. The traveler also learns about how sheep graze on vineyard weeds and owls prey on vineyard pests. All of the practices have the goal of enhancing environmental stewardship and social responsibility as well as grape and wine quality."

Benziger Family Winery will offer complimentary wine tastings of its certified sustainable Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon and Carneros Chardonnay. The tastings will be held at select wine shops and retail outlets nationally from April 21 to April 27. For a full list of participating retail locations, visit The winery will celebrate throughout the month of April with programs and tastings that highlight the values and practices of the family to promote healthy vineyards and quality wines.

“Earth Day reminds us that as farmers we’re the stewards of critical natural resources. We have a responsibility to our family, our communities and our customers to safeguard those resources for the next generation.” -Mike Benziger, founder

As part of "Celebrate Earth Day With Green Valley" Iron Horse Vineyards will host guest speaker Jared Diamond (author of "Guns, Germs, and Steel", "Collapse", and "The World Until Yesterday") on April 21. His bestsellers offer sweeping, brilliant descriptions of how geography and environment shape the destiny of nations. Diamond's newest book, "The World Until Yesterday" explores what we can learn from traditional societies. The event will also feature a food and wine tasting, live music and a 3D printer demonstration courtesy of Make Magazine. Proceeds will benefit National Geographic. More information is available at

On the Central Coast
San Luis Obispo County will offer local, sustainably grown wine and food at its FarmFest on the Coast, April 26-27 at the Dinosaur Caves Park in Pismo Beach.

The Earth Day Food & Wine Festival ( will showcase more than 200 Central Coast growers, vintners and chefs serving local wines and foods, with live music and dancing on April 20.

Discover the Santa Cruz wine region with organic wine trails, barrel samples and tastings at the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association Passport Day ( Profits from the event will support Save Our Shores, a local nonprofit dedicated to clean beaches.

North Coast
Mendocino wineries have long been some of the "greenest" in the state—the county grows more organic grapes than any other region in the world and was the first area in the United States to ban genetically modified organisms. From April 19-28, Mendocino wineries will host the "Where the Earth IS First" festival, with numerous eco-friendly activities, and organic wine and food.

All month long, the Green Trail of Dry Creek Valley will offer special, customized experiences that allow participants to explore certified organic and certified biodynamic wineries.

If you're hosting an Earth Day Event, send details to and we'll highlight some in an upcoming blog.

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