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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Parducci--The world's greenest winery?

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Parducci Wine Cellars of Mendocino County in California recently received another award, the "2011 International Award of Excellence in Sustainable Winegrowing."

This was based on their sustainable grape growing, operating completely on renewable energy, recycling all their waste water, and being carbon neutral.

Water and power usage by grape growers and wine makers is high and is a local issue as other vie for the same resources.  But even packaging with glass, the ink used on the labels, and  cardboard have to be taken into consideration. Ink? Yes, the petroleum-based inks used by many actually contain heavy metals.  And then there's Styrofoam packaging.

Parducci has set the bar high for others to follow.