HEALDSBURG, Calif. (July 22, 2014) — The Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley (WDCV) are taking the lead in a countywide initiative to become 100 percent sustainable within the next five years by appointing third-generation winegrower David Mounts as chair of its new Sustainability Committee.
“With David’s family history of winegrape growing in Dry Creek Valley, he is the ideal person to lead this effort,” says WDCV Executive Director, Ann Petersen. “He knows what it will take to get all of our 150-plus growers and 65-plus wineries on board with achieving this goal of 100 percent sustainability. Moreover, he is widely respected in our valley and is a passionate advocate for the Dry Creek Valley AVA, so we are confident that he will be able to lead our membership in the right direction.”
Mounts will work with the Sonoma County Winegrowers and their partners to implement this three-phase sustainability initiative. The plan includes getting all Dry Creek Valley wineries and vineyards to be “certified sustainable” by a credible third-party verification and certification programs, such as the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance’s Code of Sustainability. This program involves 15 chapters and over 200 best practice assessments for growers and wineries, focused on environmental, social and economic viability and continuous improvement with verification by a third-party certifier.
“Since most of our wineries and growers are already practicing sustainable winegrowing and production, the challenge is really just to get everyone certified,” says Mounts. “I appreciate WDCV’s faith in me and look forward to working with my friends and neighbors around Dry Creek Valley to hit the mark in our AVA.”
About Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley
The Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley® (WDCV) is an association of more than 60 wineries and 150 growers, of which more than 95 percent are small, family-owned operations. WDCV is dedicated to advancing the recognition, enhancement and preservation of Dry Creek Valley as a premium winegrowing region. Anchored by the charming town of Healdsburg, the Dry Creek Valley appellation was officially designated in 1983. Known as a premier zinfandel growing region, Dry Creek Valley is one of California’s oldest wine producing regions and is home to many heritage vineyards ranging in age from 50 to 120 years. To preserve this history and the valley’s pristine beauty, the Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley supports sustainable viticulture and low-impact farming practices. www.wdcv.com