Think California wine is just red, white or rosé?
Think again. The Wine Institute of California wants you to learn just how “green” the state’s wine is, too.
April is the second “California Wines: Down to Earth Month,” a statewide celebration of California’s leadership in sustainable winegrowing and winemaking, with practices that are environmentally and socially responsible.
Wineries across the state will offer fun, sustainably focused festivities that highlight California wine’s eco-friendly practices and the people and places behind them. On the agenda are Earth Day festivals, “green wine trails,” dog-friendly vineyard hikes, wildlife talks, horseback rides and eco-tours, and more.
“Wine lovers can do more than taste; they can experience where and how wines are grown and made with our green-themed events this April,” said Robert P. (Bobby) Koch, President and CEO of Wine Institute.
Here are just a few events coming up around the state:
- Napa’s Down to Earth with Napa Green Certified Wineries, April 19-21, is a fun way to learn about green design, conservation and creative re-use, and related tasting events.
- San Luis Obispo County’s FarmFest on the Coast, April 26-27 in Pismo Beach, will offer local, sustainably grown wine and edibles at Dinosaur Caves Park overlooking the ocean.
- Central Coast wineries are offering an Earth Day Food & Wine Festival, April 20, with more than 200 growers, vintners and chefs serving local wines and foods (accompanied by music, dancing and festivities).
- Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association Passport Day, April 20, celebrates its earth-friendly wine region with organic wine trails, barrel samples and special tasting flights. The event supports Save Our Shores, a nonprofit dedicated to clean beaches.
- Livermore Valley wineries are highlighting sustainable winegrowing and winemaking with special Down to Earth tours and tastings on April 21.
- Mendocino wineries are offering the Where the Earth IS First Fest, April 19-28, for visitors to enjoy a host of eco-friendly activities, as well as organic wine and food.
- Northern Sonoma County hosts the Green Trail of Dry Creek Valley, April 1-30, offering a special, customized experience to explore the region’s certified organic and certified biodynamic wineries.