Celebrate Earth Day at Concannon Vineyard, Saturday, April 22, 2011

Livermore, California (EastBayDaily) — This Earth Day, Friday, April 22, 4th generation vintner, John Concannon, invites wine lovers to celebrate the spirit of the day at Concannon Vineyard in historic Livermore Valley wine country. As the Wine Institute reports, “Wineries throughout the state are offering special events and programs to help visitors learn more about eco-responsible winegrowing and winemaking while enjoying California’s beautiful wine country.” At Concannon Vineyard’s 128 year-old wine estate, complimentary Earth Day tours and special Conservancy wine tastings focus on the winery’s sustainable wine-growing and eco-friendly practices.

Officially recognized in September, 2010 as a California Certified Organic Farmer, Concannon Vineyard also leads the industry as one of the first wineries to be certified through the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA). The CSWA program provides third-party certification for sustainable winegrowing practices, including environmental stewardship, conservation of natural resources and socially equitable business practices. Concannon Vineyard was also the first Livermore Valley winery to place its land into a permanent conservation easement, recognizing in 1996 that rapid urbanization was threatening one of America’s finest winegrowing regions. The resulting Conservancy tier of wines is sourced from vineyards that are forever protected from urban development.

“It’s very rewarding to be a part of an industry that is at the forefront of integrating the best earth-friendly practices into its operations,” said John Concannon. “From using age-old low impact farming practices in the vineyard to integrating cutting-edge green technology in our winemaking facilities, there’s a movement being embraced by wineries to nurture and preserve our natural resources.”

When visiting on or around Earth Day, patrons may catch a glimpse of the latest addition to Concannon’s sustainability team: a herd of Batteate Olde English BabyDoll Southdown sheep. These new residents are “nature’s mowers,” in charge of ground clearing and underbrush management. The herd roams the vineyards helping with weed control, minimizing the use of tractors and tilling. The sheep are watched over by two livestock guardian dogs, Bonnie, an Anatolian Akbash cross mix, and Belle, an Akbash puppy, who have helped raise and protect the herd since birth.

For Earth Day event details, please visit http://www.concannonvineyard.com/events

About Concannon Vineyard With four generations of family involvement, Concannon Vineyard’s pioneering contributions to California winemaking and viticulture have built a landmark winery with an enduring commitment to creating outstanding, award-winning wines proudly served on American tables for over 127 years. Founder of America’s first Petite Sirah, Concannon Vineyard also introduced Concannon Cabernet Sauvignon clones 7, 8 and 11, which provided the backbone of Napa Valley’s Cabernet resurgence in the 1970s and 1980s. The historic winery earned organic certification in 2010 and preserves an agricultural way of life by protecting vineyards from urban development through its new Conservancy tier of critically acclaimed wines. For additional information please visit: http://www.concannonvineyard.com.

About Concannon Conservancy Wines: Concannon’s Conservancy includes Livermore Valley Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Merlot; all have a suggested retail of $15. For more information, please visit http://www.concannonvineyard.com.

For more information or to speak with John Concannon, contact Patricia Schneider 415/717-7595 or psa(dot)patricia(at)gmail(dot)com.

To learn more about California wines and regions, visit http://www.discovercaliforniawine.com.


Patricia Schneider
Concannon Vineyard