An “Eco” Honor for Dry Creek Vineyard

A press release arrived in my email Wednesday that made my day.

It made my day for two reasons:

  1. It dealt with a winery that Vinesse has featured numerous times in club and CyberCircle shipments through the years.
  2. It had to do with said winery being an outstanding steward of the land.

Allow me to quote from the release:


On Saturday, November 5… Don Wallace, President of Dry Creek Vineyard, will be presented with a Leadership in Sustainability Award through the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy.

Don will be recognized for his role in sustainable agriculture as the head of his family’s winery in the Dry Creek Valley.

For more than 20 years, Don has been actively involved in sustainable agriculture in Sonoma County. First suggesting sustainable grape growing to the Wine Institute of California, Don’s early adoption of concepts such as cover crops, soil mapping, water emitters and creating a symbiotic, healthy environment for the vineyard, have made him a leader among sustainable grape growers in the wine industry.

Commenting on the award, Wallace was quick to deflect any attention. “It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by other like minded leaders in the community. However, my role was only to light the fire for sustainable agriculture. As the saying goes, it takes a village, and sustainable agriculture only works if everyone is pulling on the same end of the rope.”


Among the many Dry Creek Vineyard wines Vinesse has featured through the years are the 2000 Heritage Clone Zinfandel, the 2004 Regatta Red, the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, and multiple vintages of Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc.

It’s nice to know that one of our members’ favorite wine estates is doing its part to sustain winegrowing in its part of the world—the Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County, Calif.—for generations to come.

Congratulations to Don, the Wallace and Stare families, and the entire Dry Creek Vineyard team.

Posted in Wine and the Environment, Wineries of Distinction
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