Can an hour make a difference? On March 26th at 8:30pm, millions of people will take part in Earth Hour, switching off lights around the globe for 60 minutes. Earth Hour is part of an international effort to bring attention to climate change and encourage sustainability.
Here at Concannon Vineyard, we’re all for thinking about how we can be responsible stewards for the earth. Over the last ten years, we’ve invested $30 million to revitalize our vineyards, winery, and operations to become more sustainable. In 2010, we introduced a new line of “Conservancy” wines that help to protect our estate vineyards from urban development. We’re one of the first wineries to receive certification from the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance’s Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing program, and we’re on track to receiving a California Certified Organic Farmers certification this year.
What does that mean to you? It means that at Concannon, we’re doing our part to compost, use cover crops and efficient soil management, dry farm, recycle and reduce our carbon footprint. You may have heard about our sheep “mowers” helping us to rid the grounds of weeds, pests and to fertilize the vineyards all at the same time. We’re reducing waste in packaging and we’ve installed a rooftop solar system to harness the sun’s energy.
But that’s just a continuation of our legacy of conservation. For more than 128 years, since our founding in 1883, Concannon has pursued the creation of world-class wines that respect and nurture the natural resources of the Livermore Valley in California. We’re proud of our long-term commitment to our land, the earth, and you. And we believe that our founder, James Concannon would appreciate how we’ve honored his forward-thinking vision.
On March 26th and 27th from 11am to 4:30pm, join us in Concannon’s Tasting Room and toast to Mother Earth with a flight of our Conservancy wines. Sourced entirely from vineyards placed in a conservation trust and protected from urban development in perpetuity, these wines are not only award-winningly delicious, but also protect the land and our way of life for future generations. While you’re here, we invite you to take a free tour of our beautiful grounds to learn more about our efforts to practice sustainable viticulture and to preserve energy through innovative technology.
Here’s a great idea of how to spend your hour of darkness on Saturday: Light some candles, have some cheese and crackers ready, and pour a glass of our crisp, yet creamy, 2009 Conservancy Chardonnay. This hour will be delicious and sustainable!