A Leader in ‘Green’ Winegrowing Plans a Special Celebration


How seriously does Benziger Family Winery take its commitment to the environment?

Just look at one of its bottles. The label depicts the four archetypal classical elements — Earth, Water, Air and Fire — using their ancient Greek symbols.

And since the 2007 vintage, Benziger’s entire wine portfolio has carried some level of green farming certification, be it sustainable, organic or Biodynamic.

At the winery, regularly scheduled tours take visitors right out into the vineyard. But on Saturday, in conjunction with Earth Day, Benziger is pulling out all the stops — figuratively and literally — with a three-hour event that will benefit a local environmental effort.

It all begins at 11 a.m. with a Bordeaux tasting in The Barn, where five to six wines will be poured. From there, the fun moves out to the terrace, where hors d’oeuvres will be served until around 2 p.m.

A portion of the proceeds in the tasting room that day will be donated to the Jack London State Park Conservation Fund.

From the Benziger website:

“Around here, we like to think our wines have character and conscience. This means that they’re not only great in the glass, they’re grown in a way that’s good for the environment, too.

“Every wine in our portfolio — from our family line to Signaterra to Tribute to de Coelo — carries a third party certification of green farming practices. Whether the vineyard is certified sustainable, organic or Biodynamic, it’s carefully tended with the most eco-responsible methods available.

“We don’t farm this way just because we think caring for the land is the right thing to do; it also happens to be the best way to make distinctive, authentic wines. By treating our vineyards the best way we know how, we’re making wines we’re really proud of. And that is good for, well, everybody.”

The cost for the Earth Day Celebration is $60, and RSVPs should be called in to 800-989-8890.

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Monday: An “Earth Day Week” event in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

Posted in Wine and the Environment
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