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Organic Winery Celebrates 20th Vintage

The Bonterra Vineyards in Hopland, California, produced their 20th crop of organic wine in 2010.

The Bonterra Vineyards in Hopland, California, produced their 20th crop of organic wine in 2010.

Visiting San Francisco this week as a consultant for an emerging organic product distributor, I had the opportunity to revisit Bonterra Vineyards, the nation’s first large-scale organic winery. Even more breathtaking than when our television crew visited in 2006, the Bonterra “experiment” is now 23 years old and has produced 20 award-winning crops.

“Some of our collaborators were angry at us, even for attempting to be organic,” said winemaker Bob Blue. “Now there are five or six thousand acres of organic grapes in cultivation just in this county.”

In the coming days we’ll post our interview with the vineyard’s main caretaker. His techniques have applications for all forms of plants, from lawns and trees, to fruit vineyards, corn and soybeans.

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Paul Tukey

An international leader of the green movement, Mr. Tukey is a journalist, author, filmmaker, TV host, activist and award-winning public speaker, who is widely recognized as North America's leading advocate for landscape sustainability and toxic pesticide reduction strategies.

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