California winery declared greenest in the US


One of the oldest wineries in California and the first to become carbon neutral in the US has been recognized as America's greenest winery.

Parducci Wine Cellars out of Mendocino, California, will be given the 2011 International Award of Excellence in Sustainable Winegrowing at a gala ceremony in October where they will be recognized for their use of renewable energies, recycled packaging and water conservation efforts.

The award is hosted by the Botanical Research Institute of Texas or BRIT and was announced Tuesday.

Wineries are judged on an 18-point assessment of their sustainable winegrowing, winemaking and social responsibility practices in addition to the quality of the product.

The winery's signature series includes a 2007 True Grit Petite Sirah, described as having "heady aromas" of ripe fruit, white pepper, vanilla, blackberry, dark chocolate, pepper and caramel flavors.

Their 2008 signature Pinot Noir is described as having cherry and red berry aromas with a dash of tea-leaf spice.

The title of greenest winemaker is being conferred on a winery that recycles 100 percent of their waste water into an on-site wetland, and plants cover crops to reduce erosion, provide nutrients for soil and attract beneficial insects.

Their water conservation efforts also include a mulching program that enhances soil composition and water retention.

Their labels are made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper, and printed with soy and water-based inks.

The winery is also powered from 100 percent renewable energy, with the installation of 10,000-square feet (929 square meters) of solar panels that provide 15 percent of their annual energy needs. The balance is met with a certified wind energy supplier. According to their own calculations, the impact of the winery's green power use is equal to removing 172 cars from the road for a year, planting 242 acres of trees (98 hectares).

"We are most impressed with Parducci's strong commitment to the environment. Using certified sustainable winegrowing practices, 100% green energy, recycling 100% of its waste water, and being carbon neutral, Parducci sets a high standard for itself and the winegrowing industry," said Harry Bartel, chairman of the sustainable winegrowing judging committee.

Last year's winner went to Hall Wines' St. Helena winery in Napa Valley, for being the first in California to achieve Gold certified LEED-status.

Other sustainable wineries of note include a Canadian winery from the Niagara region, Stratus Winery, which was the first LEED-Certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) winery in the world. Buildings are heated and cooled using geothermal energy and built from recycled materials. Grapes are grown free of fertilizers, and the company car is a Prius.

Last year, the Unversity of California Davis claimed they built the greenest winery in the US for achieving LEED Platinum certification, the highest environmental rating with its $20 million, 34,000-square-foot (3158 sq m) winery, brewery and food-processing facility.

BRIT, meanwhile, is an international scientific research center in Texas focused on conservation of the plant world. Among its mandates is to use botanical solutions to address global problems like pollution and sustainable food sources.

For more info, visit and

Arts and Entertainment
Armstrong, left, and Bain's writing credits include Peep Show, Fresh Meat, and The Old Guys
TVThe pair have presented their view of 21st-century foibles in shows such as Peep Show and Fresh Meat
Arts and Entertainment
Keys to success: Andrew and Julian Lloyd Webber
arts + entsMrs Bach had too many kids to write the great man's music, says Julian Lloyd Webber
footballMan City manager would have loved to have signed Argentine
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Hand out press photograph/film still from the movie Mad Max Fury Road (Downloaded from the Warner Bro's media site/Jasin Boland/© 2014 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)
films'You have to try everything and it’s all a process of elimination, but ultimately you find your path'
Arts and Entertainment
Imelda Staunton as Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter films

New essay by JK Rowling went live on Pottermore site this morning


Top Gear presenter is no stranger to foot-in-mouth controversy

Russia Today’s new UK channel began broadcasting yesterday. Discussions so far have included why Britons see Russia as ‘the bad guy’

New UK station Russia Today gives a very bizarre view of Britain

Arts and Entertainment
Keira Knightley and Benedict Cumberbatch at the premiere of The Imitation Game at the BFI London Film Festival
filmsKeira Knightley tried to miss The Imitation Game premiere to watch Bake Off
Enner Valencia
footballStriker has enjoyed a rapid rise to fame via winning the title with ‘The Blue Ballet’ in Ecuador
Arts and Entertainment
A top literary agent has compared online giant Amazon to Isis
arts + entsAndrew Wylie has pulled no punches in criticism of Amazon
Arts and Entertainment
Charlie Sheen said he would

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Mobile Developer (.NET / C# / Jason / Jquery / SOA)

£40000 - £65000 per annum + bonus + benefits + OT: Ampersand Consulting LLP: M...

Humanities Teacher - Greater Manchester

£22800 - £33600 per annum: Randstad Education Manchester Secondary: The JobAt ...

Design Technology Teacher

£22800 - £33600 per annum: Randstad Education Manchester Secondary: Calling al...

Foundation Teacher

£100 - £125 per day: Randstad Education Chelmsford: EYFS Teachers - East Essex...

Day In a Page

Bryan Adams' heartstopping images of wounded British soldiers to go on show at Somerset House

Bryan Adams' images of wounded soldiers

Taken over the course of four years, Adams' portraits are an astonishing document of the aftermath of war
The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
The camera is turned on tabloid editors in Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter'

Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was thanks to Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell
Halloween 2014: What makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?

What makes ouija boards and demon dolls scary?

Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
Welcome to my world of no smell and odd tastes: How a bike accident left one woman living with unwanted food mash-ups

'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

Paul Scholes column

Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

Frank Warren column

Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
Adrian Heath interview: Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room

Adrian Heath's American dream...

Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room
Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities