Eco award for Fetzer Vineyards

24 October, 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. amd it is commitmented to environmental protection, buying renewable power, minimising energy and water use where possible, and installing solar powers.

The EPAs Stratospheric Ozone Protection Awards recognize 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”.

All of Fetzer Vineyard’s 1,800 farmed acres are certified organic by the California Certified Organic Farmers.




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