Well before sustainability became fashionable, well before the current organic food craze ratcheted into high gear and the USDA issued organic product regulations, Fetzer Vineyards began developing and initiating environmentally responsible business practices. In the mid-1980s the Fetzer family and Paul Dolan, its director of winemaking, purchased the Valley Oaks Ranch in Mendocino County, CA, and made the commitment to grow all of its grapes organically. Today Fetzer grows almost a thousand acres of certified organic grapes and have incorporated sustainable farming practices, conservation techniques, waste management and energy reduction programs into every aspect of the business. Fetzer recently announced that by harvest 2010, the winery intends to grow and purchase only organic grapes for the production of its wines.
Source: green@work magazine