Fetzer rewarded for fight to save planet

02 November, 2007

Californian winery Fetzer Vineyards has won an award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency for the steps it has taken to help reduce global warming.

Fetzer was one of 10 winners in the

Organisation, Association or Team

category, and was honoured for banning the use of ozone-depleting methyl bromide in vineyard operations. It phased out the chemical in favour of more eco-friendly methods during the 1990s, and now focuses on a tightly-run pest management programme, improved field sanitation, resistant root stocks, cover crops and compost.

All the winery's vineyards are certified organic , a nd it is commit ted to environmental protection, buying renewable power, minimising energy and water use where possible, and installing solar power .

The EPA's Stratospheric Ozone Protection Awards recogni se corporations, associations, teams and individuals that have demonstrated "exceptional leadership and personal dedication in either technical achievements in eliminating ozone-depleting substances or protecting the public from the effects of exposure to increased ultraviolet radiation".




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Talking terroir

When Bordeaux was in fashion, it seemed almost logical that we should fetishise winemakers. Here were people responsible for brilliant acts of blending, across large estates and multiple grape varieties, including superstars such as cabernet sauvignon and merlot. These days, fashion has moved on and pinot noir is ascendant. As a result, the star of the winemaker has fallen and we find ourselves following a new star in the sky: terroir.

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