Archive for October, 2010
Captain Vineyards was featured in the "Business Briefs" section of the Lamorinda Weekly. Look for the article in the October 13th issue of the Magazine. The text from the original article and the link to the web version of the article can be found below.
Winery Receives Sustainability Award
Captain Vineyards of Moraga has received a Sustainability Award from the non-profit Sustainable Contra Costa; the award "honor[s] businesses, government programs, community groups, non-profits, and individuals who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to sustainable practices," according to the organization's website. Captain Vineyards was selected from a group of ten business nominees, and received formal recognition from the California Senate and Assembly for its efforts in utilizing green and sustainable practices in its operation. "We feel a responsibility to produce the highest quality wines, and respect our neighbors and environment," says co-owner Susan Captain, whose business also recently became the first and only certified green winery in Contra Costa County and received the Water Smart Business award given by EBMUD (recognizing the vineyard's dry-farming efforts.) "We are doing what we believe in, namely conserving our precious resources, and we're fortunate enough to be recognized for those efforts," says co-owner Sal Captain. For more information go towww.captainvineyards.com.
Moraga, California- September 29th, 2010-
Captain Vineyards of Moraga receives sustainability award from local non-profit, Sustainable Contra Costa, at the annual awards banquet held at the Pleasant Hill Community Center.
Since 2005, Captain Vineyards has been growing acclaimed grapes for wine production on a Moraga hillside. While their 3,500 vines make them the largest vineyard in the Lamorinda area, their continuous efforts to be green and sustainable also makes them one of the most responsible.
The sustainability award, given annually by Sustainable Contra Costa, “Honor[s] businesses, government programs, community groups, non-profits, and individuals who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to sustainable practices,” according to the organizations website. Captain Vineyards was selected from a group of 10 nominees, and received formal recognition from the California Senate and Assembly for their efforts in utilizing green and sustainable practices in their operation.
“Local, green, and sustainable.” Those are the three words that grape grower and co-owner Susan Captain uses to describe the vineyard and winery. “We feel a responsibility to produce the highest quality wines, respect our neighbors and environment, as well as fun a financially healthy business.” Susan adds that, “Being sustainable also means that we include members of the community in our business. We provide internships to local high school and college students. Our current marketing intern, Matt LeBel of Saint Mary’s College has been with us since May and is doing a great job of promoting the vineyard.”
In addition to the most recent Sustainable Contra Costa award, head winemaker and co-owner Sal Captain is quick to point out the other recognition that Captain Vineyards has recently received for their efforts to be green and sustainable. “We are doing what we believe in, namely conserving our precious resources, and we’re fortunate enough to be recognized for those efforts. We are the first and only certified green winery in Contra Costa County, we are very proud of that. In fact this year we dry farmed our vineyard, and since the only time the vines get watered is after harvest; all water used in the wine making process is recycled back into the vineyard.” Dry farming efforts to reduce water usage netted the vineyard with a Water Smart Business award by EBMUD.
Captain Vineyards is located adjacent to Saint Mary’s College in Moraga. Captain Vineyards wine is sold exclusively through the vineyard. Their tasting room is open by appointment only. Appointments for tasting can be made on their website, www.captainvineyards.com