Published: Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 4:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, May 10, 2013 at 6:43 p.m.
Jackson Family Wines expands Oregon holdings
Jackson Family Wines has expanded its vineyard holdings in Oregon, the company announced.
It bought Zena West, in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, which is adjacent to the Zena East and Zena Middle parcels the company purchased in March. Together the three sites are known as Zena Crown and include 80 planted acres of grapes.
The company also bought Gran Moraine, a hillside vineyard location in the Yamhill-Carlton district which includes 200 planted acres.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
Each of the sites are certified as “Low Impact Viticulture and Enology” and “Salmon Safe.”
Seminar on Thursday examines farm labor issues
Grape growers and employers from wineries and agriculture are invited to a workshop on farm labor and vineyard management issues.
The Sonoma County Winegrowers, Sonoma County Farm Bureau and attorney Michael Saqui will host the workshop.
Saqui will discuss recent court decisions and enforcement trends related to new farm labor laws, including fines, penalties and liability.
The seminar begins with a national and state legislative update by John Aguirre, president of the California Association of Winegrape Growers. There is no cost to attend with advance registration.
It will be held on Thursday from 4-6 p.m. at the Hilton in Santa Rosa located at 3555 Round Barn Blvd. RSVP by May 13, at www.sonomawinegrape.org/smartmarketer.
Study: Environment, sustainability important to wine consumers
Two research studies sponsored by the Wine Institute indicate the sustainable and eco-friendly attributes of wine are important considerations when consumers buy wine.
The studies found that 34 percent of wine consumers across all segments consider environmental and sustainable attributes when making wine purchases. Of those, 66 percent said they identify the eco-friendly, sustainable attributes of wine at the point of purchase via labels and information on the shelf or in the store.
The findings, presented at a workshop in San Francisco, indicate that eco-conscious wine consumers and members of the wine trade are interested in information about sustainable and environmentally friendly practices in wineries and vineyards.
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