|Fetzer-Bonterra's organic/biodynamic vines, in the rain.|
I also learned that Fetzer-Bonterra is a B Corp, something I had never heard of. B Corp is a certification (run by the non-profit B Corp) and is a global movement among for-profit companies that are using their business as a 'force for good' by embracing rigorous standards of social and environment performance, accountability, and transparency. A way to think of it is B Corp is to business as Fair Trade certification is to coffee production.
The B Corp movement is growing. There are currently 2,334 companies that have the status of Certified B Corporations in 50+ countries scattered among 130 different industries, per the B Corporation Web site.
Look for this logo on products
|Bonterra Sauvignon Blanc in the vineyard|
Bonterra, Fetzer's other brand, is where it gets interesting for me. Named "American Winery of the Year" in 2016 by Wine Enthusiast magazine (read the story), Bonterra crafts varietal wines from 100% certified organic vineyards in Mendocino, California.
On the rainy day of WBC's visit to Bonterra (and the rain was very welcome just a couple weeks after the Sonoma fires) we were treated to a glass of Bonterra Sauvignon Blanc while strolling through the wet vineyards where it is grown. The aromatic wine, priced around $13 and also available in many grocery stores, offers notes of citrus, minerals, and fresh-cut grass, with bracing, crisp acidity. I could easily make this my house white.
|Bonterra vineyard manager Joe Brinkley|
Brinkley treated our group to an interactive demonstration in biodynamic farming. With gloved hands, we scooped cow manure into cow horns, which were to be buried in a shallow ditch later by the Bonterra team. These horns ferment the cow dung under ground in the cold months of November through February, and are then used to create a solution that is spread over the vineyard acreage several times throughout the year.
This mixture is the basis for soil fertility in biodymic farming, and helps renew degraded soil by bringing all aspects of the vineyard into balance -- the animals, the plants, and the farmers work together holistically to grow the vines without pesticides and GMOs, and artificial chemicals.
|Cow horns are filled with manure and buried|
Fetzer-Bonterra -- organic, biodynamic, socially responsible, and a Certified B Corp. Good to know.
Learn more at the following Web sites:
B Corp -- https://www.bcorporation.net/
Fetzer -- http://www.fetzer.com/
Bonterra -- http://www.bonterra.com/
Until Next time, Cheers!