- February 1th, 2023
Bonterra Organic Estates is highlighted by Wine Spectator
The Californian subsidiary was recognized by the prestigious American magazine for its regenerative practices and its new line of organic wines.
Bonterra Organic Estates, Viña Concha y Toro´s California-based subsidiary, was highlighted by the prestigious US magazine, Wine Spectator, due to its organic practices related to regeneration and a new level of wines, the first with the Regenerative Organic Certified (ROC) logo.
“The ROC program starts with organic certification as a base, with no synthetic fertilizers or pesticides allowed, and then is layered with additional requirements around three pillars: soil health and land management, animal welfare, and farmer/worker equity. There are three levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold, depending on the number of practices addressed and in what scope. Bonterra earned the Silver level for its winery and all of its vineyard properties, which include 850 acres of vines in production, by the end of 2021,” notes Wine Spectator.
Joseph Brinkley, Director of Regenerative Agriculture at Bonterra Organic Estates, commented, “For me, one of the pieces that gets overlooked is the social pillar. We’ve focused for a while on how we’re treating our soils, but it’s critical that we’re also treating our people well. You can’t be regenerative without making sure that your workers are paid a living wage, that they have a grievance process.” “It’s not just about our brand,” Brinkley adds, “we’re promoting this whole farm system and other brands and farmers behind it. We’re trying to elevate the whole of organic regeneration.”
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