Top producer of organic wine grapes debuts first sustainability report

By Sustainable Food News 

November 8, 2017

Fetzer Vineyards, the world’s largest winery to obtain B Corp certification, on Wednesday released its first sustainability report.

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Hopland, Calif.-based Fetzer, one of the world's largest growers of organically grown grapes, farming about 1,000 acres organically in Mendocino, Calif., is a subsidiary of Chile-based Vina Concha y Toro S.A., the world's fifth largest wine company, which purchased Fetzer from Louisville, Ky.-based Brown-Forman in 2011 for $238 million.

Fetzer, which turns 50 next year, owns the leading wine from organic grapes, Bonterra Organic Vineyards, as well as Adorada, Anthony’s Hill, Jekel Vineyards, Sanctuary Wines and 1000 Stories, a Bourbon barrel-aged Zinfandel. The company exports its wines to more than 30 countries.

The new sustainability report, titled "Road to Regeneration: Corporate Consciousness Report," highlights key milestones in 2016 and key progress towards its 2020 sustainability goals.

Fetzer has set a goal to be Net Positive by 2030, meaning it will "replace all negative impacts with positive impacts that enhance and regenerate ecosystems and communities while producing sustainable growth for its business and shareholders."

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