Stories from Wine Business

Viticulture briefs

Fetzer, Benziger win sustainability awards Fetzer Vineyards of Hopland was awarded a “California Green Medal” for sustainable winegrowing on April 13 from a collection of industry groups supporting environmentally friendly farming practices.

Vineyard expansion levels off on North Coast

Ending five straight years of expansion, vineyard acreage dipped slightly in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Lake counties in 2014. Instead, growers are replanting existing vineyards.

New head of Sonoma County Vintners tackles local issues

After three months as head of Sonoma County Vintners, Carolyn Stark’s biggest sales job right now is local, especially amid mounting concern among some residents over the wine industry’s impact.

Sonoma County Winegrowers head Kruse picked for prestigious fellowship

Karissa Kruse, president of the Sonoma County Winegrowers, has been selected as a Marshall Memorial Fellow. She will join a group of emerging U.S. leaders seeking to better understand transatlantic relations.

California wine industry vineyard acreage up

Vineyard acreage in active production was unchanged at 565,000 acres, while non-bearing vineyards rose 11.1 percent to 50,000 acres, according to a new report.

Private label wines step out into the open

Oliver’s Markets is the latest retailer to introduce a private label wine, an increasingly integral business for Sonoma County growers and wineries.

Viticulture briefs

Sonoma State’s Wine Business Institute will offer an eight-week online program on the QuickBooks accounting software that will begin on May 13.

Constellation Brands posts sales increase, offers dividend

Wine sales lagged, beer sales boomed for the owner of local producers Ravenswood, Simi and Robert Mondavi in annual results out Thursday.

Viticulture briefs

New Pedroncelli Winery winemaker The Pedroncelli Winery has promoted Montse Reece to winemaker, filling a vacancy left by the death of John Pedroncelli earlier this year.

84 charities share $3.4 million from Sonoma wine auction

More than half the donations will go toward Sonoma County organizations focused on childhood literacy and reading preparation.

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