Last January Sonoma County Winegrowers, also known as the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission, made a commitment to be 100% sustainable within five years.
The first year was a success. More than 40 percent of vineyard acres are already certified.
"It's a really big deal because we are almost halfway there in our first year," says Karissa Kruse, the president of the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission. "So, now I can much more confidently say I do not doubt, I believe very strongly, that we will reach one hundred percent within the five years if not before."
Farms were assessed on more than 100 criteria including energy efficiency, drip irrigation and pest management. But also business practices like employee treatment, training, safety, community engagement and economic viablity.
The Sonoma County Winegrowers have written a 100-year business plan to guide their effort over the long term.
Kruse made the announcement at the wine and grape symposium in Sacramento this week.
Sonoma County is the first wine region in the nation to commit to growing all of its wines sustainably.