Environmentally focused virtual events, activities and wine tastings draw attention to practices that protect and enhance land, communities and livelihoods.
March 26 – SAN FRANCISCO – April begins California Wine to Earth Month, an annual celebration of the wine community’s commitment to protecting the land, communities and wine industry for future generations. Wineries across the state will showcase their sustainable farming, winemaking and business practices through a series of digital events and in-person, social distance activities, ranging from virtual wine tastings to behind-the-scenes cooking demonstrations and sustainability tours. The association of 1,000 California wineries, founded by the Wine Institute, celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2021.
California’s wine community, a world leader in sustainable viticulture, has long embraced sustainable practices. As of December 2020, 171 wineries producing 80% of California’s total wine production and 2,247 vineyards operating 29% of the state’s vineyards were certified by the California Sustainable Wine Alliance (CSWA). Total certified vineyard acreage in California is nearly 50%, with another 15% of vineyard acreage certified under other state sustainability programs, including Fish-Friendly, Lodi Rules, Green Napa, and Sustainability in Practice (SIP).
Below are the most recent events from Down to Earth Wine Month on DiscoverCaliforniaWines.com. More events and offers will be added daily.
- 18. March to the 18th. April: Alexander Valley Vineyards Home Shipping Special
Buy 2 or more 750ml bottles and shipping is $1 per bottle plus $1 for fulfillment at this certified sustainable California winery.
- 20. March to the 20th. April: Do (Mother) – Earth Gift Offer
In honor of Mother Earth and all mothers (just in time for Mother’s Day), Antica Napa Valley offers a trio of sustainably produced wines (not dirt), available only at the winery.
- 25. March to the 25th. April: 25% Discount
Captain Moraga Vineyards celebrates Down to Earth Month with our family, friends, members and you. Get 25% off any purchase.
- 1. April: What is sustainable wine? (Virtual)
Join SommVivant sommeliers Amanda McCrossin and Aida Mollenkamp of Salt & Wind of Napa Valley on Facebook Live to learn more about sustainable viticulture and winemaking, and to learn about organic wine certification programs in California.
- 3, 10, 17 or 24. April: Walks on April 1, 2009 is Earth Month! Come to Six Sigma Ranch and Winery in Lake County every Saturday in April to celebrate wildflower camping in style. The walks begin and end at the tasting room, where you can take a flight of wine and enjoy an artisanal picnic if you wish.
- 3. April: Wine and Art – Paint Your Garden Hat
Create your own hand-painted garden hat while enjoying the vineyards and wines of Ramona Ranch Winery in San Diego County.
- 4. April: Wine tasting with live music
Ramona Ranch Vineyard & Winery in Ramona is hosting a live music performance and tasting of five sustainably produced wines on its patio overlooking the Ramona Valley.
- 6. April: IGTV Monthly Video Series – Meg van der Kruik (Virtual)
Meg van der Kruik of This Mess Is Ours presents a recipe inspired by the Wine Country Table cookbook, paired with sustainably sourced California wines.
- 8. April: Pinot Noir Deep Dive Virtual Wine Tasting
Join us for an in-depth tasting of some of our favorite Pinot Noir wines from Rodney Strong Vineyards and follow the process from vine to bottle.
- 8. April: What are biodynamic and organic wines and how sustainable are they? (Virtual)
Napa Valley Sommeliers Amanda McCrossin of SommVivant and Aida Mollenkamp of Salt & Wind Travel are hosting a Facebook Live event exploring the differences between organic and biodynamic practices and how they fit into sustainable winemaking.
- 10. April: Alpha Omega Spring Revival (virtual)
Come to Alpha Omega Winery in St. John’s Helena for a virtual organic wine tasting and cooking demonstration with winemaker Henrik Poulsen.
- 13. April: IGTV Earth Month Video Series – Jerry James Stone (virtual)
Jerry James Stone of the Jerry James Stone blog presents a recipe inspired by the Wine Country Table cookbook, paired with organic California wines.
- 14. April:
Frey Vineyards in Redwood Valley is hosting a virtual tasting and cocktail party in April in partnership with Organic Spa Magazine, Katrina Frey Cellars and Quaya.
- 14. April: Napa Valley Sessions – Session 1 (Virtual)
Virtual Zoom Sessions with Trefeten Vineyards, Mumm Napa Valley and Chateau Boswell.
- 15. April: Why are there chickens in the vineyard? (Virtual)
Join sommelier Amanda McCrossin of Napa Valley’s SommVivant and Aida Mollenkamp of Salt & Wind Travel on Facebook Live to hear how animals are helping California winemakers in their sustainable agriculture efforts. The event includes a virtual tasting of organic wines.
- 17. April: Start Your Own Garden – Sustainable Living with Food and Wine
This hands-on workshop at Ramona Ranch Vineyard and Winery in Ramona includes instructions, seeds and supplies to start 20 varieties of vegetables and flowers.
- 17. April: Sustainable Wine & Coffee
Wine and/or coffee tasting at Ramona Ranch Vineyard & Winery in Ramona. The event is a collaboration between a certified winery and Ramona Roasters.
- 20. April: IGTV Earth Month Video Series – Britney Brown Chamberlain of Britney Breaks Breads (virtual)
Britney Brown Chamberlain of Britney Breaks Breads demonstrates a recipe inspired by the Wine Country Table cookbook, paired with sustainably produced California wines.
- 22. April: J. Lor: Growing Sustainability – Conservation in Wine (virtual)
Paso Robles meet Vineyards and Wine on Instagram Live to get a behind-the-scenes look at the technologies and winemaking practices that protect and conserve our natural resources.
- 22. April: Earth Day Webinar (virtual)
Join Sonoma County winemakers and vintners for a lively discussion with local sustainability experts.
- 22. April: How to research eco-friendly wines (virtually)
Learn how to identify eco-friendly wines in this Facebook Live session with sommeliers Amanda McCrossin of SommVivant and Aida Mollencamp of Napa Valley-based Salt & Wind Travel. The event includes a tasting of sustainable California wines.
- 27. April: IGTV Earth Month Video Series – Sarah Gim of Tasty Life (virtual)
Sarah Gim of Tasty Life demonstrates a recipe inspired by the Wine Country Cookbook, paired with sustainably produced California wines.
- 28. April: Napa Valley Sessions – Sustainability: Real (virtual) Substance
Napa Valley Vintners is hosting a Zoom session with ZD Wines, The Hess Collection Winery and Raymond Vineyards to show how the wineries are putting their bold words about sustainability into practice.
- 29. April:
Learn why California is a world leader in sustainable wine production and viticulture, and how the state’s farmers view sustainable agriculture in other sectors. Napa Valley sommeliers Amanda McCrossin and Aida Mollenkamp of Salt & Wind Travel are also hosting a virtual organic wine tasting on Facebook Live.
- 30. April: Talking Dirt at Flying Goat – Sustainability and Down to Earth Month (virtual)
Join two OGs (old goats) – winemaker Norm Yost and his partner/wife Kate Griffith to talk sustainability at Flying Goat Cellars in Lompoc.
Partner from the start
Earth Month is supported by partners from the hospitality, retail, association and hotel industries in California and the United States, including Paul Martin’s American Grill, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Visit Napa Valley, SommSelect, Oakville Grocery and Restaurants Care.
During Earth Month, California wine producers are partnering with the California Restaurant Foundation’s non-profit Restaurant Care program to support the local restaurant industry. The program, which became particularly important during the pandemic, provides grants to help restaurant staff fight the pandemic. The partner wineries make donations to support the people in the shelter.
Founded in 1934, the Wine Institute is a coalition of 1,000 California wineries and affiliated organizations working at the state, federal and international levels to improve the environment for the responsible production, consumption and enjoyment of wine. The organization strives to improve the economic and environmental health of the state by taking a leadership role in sustainable viticulture and by highlighting California’s wine regions as ideal destinations for food and wine lovers.
The California Sustainable Winegrowers Alliance (CSWA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization founded by the Wine Institute and the California Grape Growers Association, has received the Governor’s highest environmental award for promoting sustainable winemaking practices in California and for implementing new educational tools and program improvements.