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Census: 570 vineyards in Mendocino County

Mendocino County is home to 570 vineyards with 404 separate owners, a highlight of a recent census in the burgeoning wine region conducted by the trade group Mendocino WineGrowers Inc.

The assessment found the typical vineyard size was only 14 acres and often featured only one varietal. Most owners in the county are small farmers despite the presence of such large companies as Jackson Family Wines and Fetzer Vineyards.

Thirty percent of vineyard owners had more than one property in the county, according to the survey. Less than 1 percent of the county’s 2.4 million acres are devoted to vineyards, according to Mendocino WineGrowers, with the Hopland area having the largest vineyard acreage in the county.

Napa Valley Vintners give $3M to nonprofits

The Napa Valley Vintners have donated $3 million for local efforts to help better educate Napa County youths.

The trade group said it would allocate $2 million to 10 nonprofits that help local youth succeed in school. Those nonprofit groups serve about 20,000 Napa County students younger than18.

The vintner group also said it would donate another $1 million to the multiyear Napa Valley Early Learning Initiative, which is designed to close the educational achievement gap between students who speak English fluently and those who don’t.

During the past school year, the initiative helped more than 1,500 students, parents and educators.

Bill Smart poised to join Lambert Bridge Winery

Bill Smart on Nov. 30 will join Lambert Bridge Winery as vice president and general manager.

Smart is well known around the North Coast wine industry after working 11 years at Healdsburg’s Dry Creek Vineyard, most recently as director of marketing and communications.

Smart noted in an email statement that he is trading one family-owned winery for another, which is also located in the Dry Creek Valley. He added that Lambert Bridge’s “wines, ambiance and hospitality of the property are world class.”

Compiled by Bill Swindell. Submit items to bill.swindell@pressdemocrat.com.

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