Concannon Vineyard Celebrates Earth Day Featuring Conservancy Wines

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Sheep Rule the Roost: Concannon Vineyard Maintains Eco-Friendly Practices On Earth Day And Everyday

Concannon's committment to the land and sustainable practices can be witnessed throughout the vineyard and the winery. In every aspect of our business, Concannon is committed to preserving the past, while engaging the future.

Concannon Vineyard is celebrating Earth Day 2012 by featuring wines completely sourced from vineyards that have been placed in a conservation trust that will forever be protected from urban development. These wines are award-winners that protect the land while preserving a way of life for future generations. Concannon Conservancy wines include Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, and the newest release, Crimson and Clover red blend.

Specialized Earth Day Vineyard/Winery Tours: Visitors can take a free tour of the beautiful Concannon grounds and learn about sustainable wine-growing and earth-friendly practices in this historical winery.

Special Conservancy Flight: At the newly renovated Concannon Tasting Room, visitors can toast Mother Earth with a flight of Concannon Conservancy wines.

“Conservancy and sustainability are extremely important to my family, said 4th Generation Vintner John Concannon. From the beginning, we have always respected the land, blending tradition with innovation in developing the highest quality of wines. Concannon’s commitment to the land and sustainable practices can be witnessed throughout the vineyard and the winery. In every aspect of our business, Concannon is committed to preserving the past, while engaging the future.”

Sustainability: Top Priority Across the Board

Concannon Vineyard blends tradition with innovation in its grape-growing, winemaking and estate management practices. The winery recently completed a 10-year, $30 million revitalization across vineyards, winery and operations, and in 2010, introduced a new tier of “Conservancy” wines to mark the conservation trust agreements that protect its estate vineyards from future urban development.

This continuum of effort began more than 128 years ago. Since the winery’s founding in 1883, Concannon has pursued the creation of world-class wines that respect and nurture the natural resources of the Livermore Valley.

Small Sheep, Big Benefits

Concannon Vineyard’s hardest working employees top off at two feet tall at the shoulder, so they fit easily under vineyard drop lines. These miniature sheep are part of an organic vegetation management program specifically used for vineyards. This program is a significantly important venture, especially in the Livermore wine producing area where there is an emphasis on quality wine and conservancy.

Known as "nature's mowers," the sheep at Concannon Vineyard are in charge of ground clearing and underbrush management. They are released into the vineyards prior to bud break to help with weed control, minimizing the use of tractors and tilling and thereby saving energy and resources. Always multi-tasking, they distribute “nature’s fertilizer” throughout the vineyard as they work. The sheep are supervised by two livestock dogs who have helped raise and protect the herd since birth.

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 128 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 1970’s and 1980’s. The historic winery earned organic certification for its estate vineyards in 2010 and preserves an agricultural way of life by protecting vineyards from urban development through its Conservancy tier of critically acclaimed wines. For additional information please visit:
http://www.ConcannonVineyard.com

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