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Sole Recipient! Walnut Ridge Vineyard Garners Excellence in Sustainability Award

Published: January 10, 2017

 

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Eugene, Ore. - Walnut Ridge Vineyard has been certified sustainable by the independent 501(c)3  not-for-profit organization Low Input Viticulture and Enology or LIVE.  Since 2005, Walnut Ridge has achieved this designation, along with the program's Salmon Safe designation. 2016 was a special year for the vineyard as LIVE selected Walnut Ridge Vineyard as the sole recipient of its Excellence in Sustainability Award. With 321 LIVE certified vineyards throughout Oregon, Washington and Idaho, this award places Walnut Ridge in class by itself.  

"Co-owner Wendy Golish, our winemaker Jerry Sass and I are honored to recognized by LIVE, noted owner Jim McGavin. "We've diligently worked to create an environment that reinforces the wine and a sense of place. Knowing we can accomplish this while being sustainable in all aspects of our processes is incredibly rewarding. We are excited to see a growing number of vineyards gaining LIVE accreditation. This demonstrates our industry's commitment to making fine wines in ways that care for all aspects of our environment."

This commitment to sustainability isn't lost on the Willamette Valley's 500+  winemakers, which is a big reason why the Willamette Valley region was named Wine Region of the Year by Wine Enthusiast Magazine in their recent Wine Star Awards. Nearly half of all Willamette Valley vineyards are certified sustainable, making the valley the most sustainable wine region in the world. These winemakers practice sustainable wine-growing techniques based on their respect for the land and desire to see future generations continue the wine-making tradition. 

LIVE - Low Input Viticulture and Enology was formed in 1995 by a small group of like-minded winegrowers from Oregon’s Willamette Valley. In 1999, LIVE was incorporated as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. LIVE has been certifying vineyards in Oregon since 1999 and in Washington since 2006. In 2008 LIVE’s first-in-class winery certification program was developed. Today, LIVE certification is available to vineyards and wineries through the Pacific Northwest’s wine regions: Oregon, Washington, Idaho.

Third-party inspectors evaluate ten standards for vineyards and seven for wineries. Inspections are completed for vineyards in the first and second year in the program and every three years thereafter. Wineries are visited in the first year and every three years thereafter.  

Walnut Ridge - Terroir, the sense of place.  After almost 20 years of producing quality wine grapes that found their way into many of Oregon’s finest wines, Walnut Ridge opened its doors to the public. A tasting room on the original home site at Walnut Ridge (94739 Turnbow Lane) showcases their Sass label wines, named after Jim and Wendy’s winery partner, friend and winemaker Jerry Sass.  Their wines are made from estate produced grapes grown at Walnut Ridge Vineyard in Junction City and their Wild Winds Vineyard in the South Salem Hills. They produce pinot noir, pinot gris, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, pinot blanc, gamay noir and riesling. 

Contact: Jim McGavin, Owner of Walnut Ridge, 541.998.2606, info@walnutridgevineyard.comwww.Facebook.com/walnut.ridge.winery, South Willamette Wineries Association.
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Contact:  Andy Vobora, Vice-President of Stakeholder Relations, Travel Lane County

541.743.8770; 800.547.5445; Andy@EugeneCascadesCoast.org

Travel Lane County markets and promotes the Eugene, Cascades and Coast region as a destination for travel, conventions, sports, meetings and events. It serves as a private, nonprofit association dedicated to economic development through visitor spending, which pumped more than $633 million into Lane County, Oregon's economy in 2015. EugeneCascadesCoast.org

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Author: Andy Vobora

Vice-President of Stakeholder Relations, Travel Lane County
541.743.8770; 800.547.5445

Andy@EugeneCascadesCoast.org

Travel Lane County markets and promotes the Eugene, Cascades and Coast region as a destination for travel, conventions, sports, meetings and events. It serves as a private, nonprofit association dedicated to economic development through visitor spending, which pumped more than $672 million into Lane County, Oregon's economy in 2016. EugeneCascadesCoast.org