Fiona Ma has recognized Parduci Wine Cellars for their “groundbreaking and forward-thinking approach to sustainability in wine production.”
“I am truly excited to recognize such innovative and pioneering leaders in the field of sustainability,” said Ma. “Parducci Wine Cellars has been a true leader in producing amazing California wines, while implementing some of the most rigorous and socially-responsible production methods possible.”
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Parducci rep and Colorado Springs School alum Jess Arnsteen recently hosted a field day for CSS students exploring Parducci Wine Cellars.
Joohyung K., Junior, Class of 2016 wrote a touchingly vivid account of the day's excursion, breaking down the science of biomimicry into understandable chunks, and conveying many sense memories of the winery's organic garden and wetlands waterfalls.
Thanks to all involved in providing a stellar day "working the land" for CSS's students!!!
Parducci Wine Cellars was honored with the 2014 Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) this past Wednesday, January 21, 2015. This marks the third GEELA win for PWC and Mendocino Wine Company, in the category of Agricultural Ecosystem Services.
“We are honored to play our part in reclaiming and sustaining a healthy environment,” said Tim Thornhill upon receiving the award. “This award is an affirmation of Mendocino Wine Company’s and the Thornhill family’s commitment to our environment and community.”
Mendocino Wine Compnay is the nation's first carbon-neutral winery, reclaiming 100% of the water used in its winery cellars via an on-site system of constructed wetlands; it has also been recognized by the Audobon Society for the role that habitat plays in the annual bird count.
The Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award Program is California's highest environmental honor. The program recognizes individuals, organizations, and businesses that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made notable, voluntary contributions in conserving California's precious resources, protecting and enhancing our environment, building public-private partnerships and strengthening the State's economy.
114 runners, joggers, skippers, and walkers participated in the first annual "Crush Rush 5K Benefit Run" hosted by Parducci Wine Cellars and co-sponsored by the North Coast Striders. The event raised over $1700 for Ukiah Unified School District School Gardens and Nutrition Programs.
"Jess Arnsteen or 'Farmer Jess' was instrumental in putting together the run with help from the Parducci staff and Tim Thornhill. Mark Beaman, Associate Winemaker from Parducci and also with North Coast Striders, helped with the timer at the finish line and with awards," said Terry D'Selkie, Mendocino County's Garden Enhanced Nutrition Education (GENE) Program Coordinator, in a letter to the Ukiah Daily Journal.
"Many runners commented that it was one of the most beautiful courses they had run because they were running through the vineyards, around the water reclamation pond and among trees as opposed to running on concrete," said&D'Selkie.
The run took place two days before the harvest of Parducci Wine Cellars' estate Petite Sirah. In a thank you letter to participants, Arnsteen, manager of Parducci Wine Cellars' Edibile Ecosystems garden project said, "You brought great joy to the vineyard as you zoomed, strolled, or sometimes tasted your way through the last remaining Petite Sirah grapes."
GENE, the garden-based nutrition education program, serves 32 schools from preschool to 12th grade in Mendocino County. The Gardens Project of North Coast Opportunities' Community Action Agency is proud to work with these school gardens, and together they reach more than 8,000 students and 1,000 families through gardening and nutrition events each year. To learn more or get involved, visit gardensproject.org.
"Parducci Wine Cellars is a wonderful community partner involved in our school garden program," said D'Selkie. "We are so fortunate to live in a place where people care enough to support children, school gardens and local food."
"As the manager of edible ecosystems at Parducci Wine Estates in Ukiah, California, [Arnsteen] works to feed more than 60 employees in Mendocino County. The crates he brings them twice a week might contain fruits, melons or lamb chops, depending on the season, but he can always promise the workers eggs and fresh vegetables for their fridges at home."
Photo from ModernFarmer.com
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Our Garden Is Growing
Our gardening guru, Jess Arnsteen, is in charge of helping us create and maintain a huge organic garden on the Parducci property.
Since then, we've been hard at work and the harvest is really starting to pay off. Everything from corn to melons to tomatoes, potatoes, strawberries, and lots more. As you gardeners out there know, there is nothing like enjoying fresh produce from your own backyard. Every few days you'll see smiling folks walk away from Parducci with bags of fruits and veggies, just plucked from the earth. It's been a fantastic ride this far, and we can't wait for the fruit and nut trees to mature. Come out and see how we're growing our garden. If you see Jess out there (that's where you'll usually find him) give him a wave!
Parducci Wine Cellars is proud to announce our peer-selected win of the Green Chamber 2011 Business Sustainbility Award. The Green Chamber of Commerce notes that "Parducci’s family-owned and operated company is creating a model of quality and environmental sustainability for other wineries to follow."
Bravo, Parducci Wine Cellars!
Travel writer Stefani Jackenthal ranks Mendocino, California, as number two of the "10 Best Wine Regions You've Never Heard Of" on the Fox News travel blog, noting, "True to Mendocino’s reputation as a green winery region, Parducci Wine Cellars was the first 'carbon neutral winery' in the country."
Also mentioned are Parducci Wine Cellars' "red–tile roofed tasting room" and "Gold–medal winning Chardonnay and True Grit Petite Sirah."
Road trip, anyone...?
In a recent article on California winery wastewater, Derrick Schneider of SFGate.com interviews Parducci's Tim Thornhill to learn how the winery recycles 100 percent of the water that comes through it. "It's like I'm making water," he says, "which is better than making money because I can't always buy water even if I have the money."
Thornhill says he "took inspiration from one of the greatest filters in the world...the Everglades. It's like a labyrinth; water comes in on one end and leaves out the other, and along the way it goes through channels with grasses and organisms that do the actual filtering."
Schneider notes that the new wetlands have "transformed what used to be a typically ugly pond into a community park and wildlife magnet," and quotes Thornhill as saying, "It's the No. 1 attraction on the tour."
The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) recognized Parducci Wine Cellars as America's Greenest Winery today. An article on PRWeb reports that Harry Bartel, Chairman of the Sustainable Winegrowing judging committee, said, "We are most impressed with Parducci’s strong commitment to the environment. Using certified sustainable winegrowing practices, 100% green energy, recycling 100% of its waste water, and being carbon neutral, Parducci sets a high standard for itself and the winegrowing industry. It’s a pleasure to recognize America’s greenest winery with BRIT’s International Award of Excellence in Sustainable Winegrowing."
Bravo, Parducci Wine Cellars!!!
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