NAPA, Calif., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Stepping up its commitment to
sustainability, Cuvaison Estate Wines today announced it will support the
replanting of cork oak forests in threatened habitats in Portugal.
Cuvaison said it will work with ReCORK America and its corporate sponsor,
Amorim of Portugal, to plant up to 1,000 trees by April 30, 2009. During the
same period, ReCORK is calling on consumers to recycle used wine corks at
26 participating Whole Foods Markets in Northern California. Consumers can
also turn in corks at Cuvaison's tasting rooms in Calistoga and the Carneros
District in Napa Valley.
"We've been aggressively pursuing ways to make our operations as
sustainable as possible," Cuvaison President Jay Schuppert said. "Now, in
broadening our relationship with ReCORK, we're excited to extend our efforts
globally. Cork oak replanting provides tangible environmental benefits, but
just as importantly it teaches people inside and outside our industry about
the important role cork oak forests -- and natural corks -- play in the
Cork oak forests are noted for their remarkable biodiversity -- according
to the World Wildlife Fund, plant diversity can reach 135 species per square
meter. In addition, cork oak landscapes store carbon, reducing greenhouse
gases in the atmosphere, a phenomenon heightened as the trees grow especially
vigorously in their early years.
Unlike plastic or metal screwcap closures, natural cork is ideal for
reuse. It can easily be recycled and turned into flooring tile, building
insulation, shoe soles, fishing rod handles, bulletin boards and even soil
"After joining in to support ReCORK on recycling corks, Jay Schuppert and
Cuvaison Estate Wines were looking for additional ways to grow this effort,"
said ReCORK Program Manager, Roger Archey. "And when you think about it,
replanting cork oak forests -- where the process begins -- is the perfect
bookend to our efforts to extend the life of these natural products."
Cuvaison is a leader in winery sustainability. In 2007, the winery flipped
the switch on a solar system that produces 95 percent of its Carneros winery's
electrical needs and reduces its carbon footprint by some 360,000 pounds a
year. In addition, according to Winemaker Steve Rogstad, Cuvaison continues to
conserve soil and minimize the use of synthetic and carbon-based inputs in its
farming. The winery is member of the California Sustainable Winegrowing
Alliance, was an inaugural participant in the Napa Valley Vintners' Napa Green
program, and is a certified Bay Area Green Business. More information about
Cuvaison is available at:
The Whole Foods Markets participating in the cork recycling program are in
Berkeley, Campbell, Cupertino, Fresno, Los Altos, Los Gatos, Mill Valley,
Monterey, Napa, Oakland, Palo Alto, Petaluma, Redwood City, Reno (Nev.),
Roseville, Sacramento, San Francisco (3), San Mateo, San Rafael, San Ramon,
Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Sonoma and Walnut Creek.
ReCORK America is a recycling program sponsored by Amorim of Portugal, the
world's largest producer of natural cork wine closures, and their U.S.
affiliates, Portocork America and Amorim Cork America. For more information
about ReCORK America, visit their Web site at http://www.recorkamerica.com.
Additional information about cork forest preservation can be found at
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host of world-class wine producers and presently markets more than one out of
eight bottles of wine over $14 sold in America. Terlato, with more 90+ ratings
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the Terlato family, the Group also includes the family's winery investments
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SOURCE Terlato Wines International