SOURCE: Ironstone Vineyards

March 23, 2007 17:16 ET

Ironstone Vineyards Practices Sustainable Viticulture for Nearly Thirty Years

MURPHYS, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 23, 2007 -- Ironstone Vineyards has been practicing sustainable viticulture for nearly thirty years. The winery will now include a statement on all of its Ironstone Vineyards branded wines about the company's use of sustainable viticulture. The back label, due to release into the market by early summer, will mention a brief description of the varietal and a statement from the Kautz family. The statement on the back label reads, "At Ironstone Vineyards, a healthy environment is important to our family, our friends, our neighbors and our community. By practicing Sustainable Viticultural Winegrowing, we are reducing water use, building healthy soil, and maintaining the surrounding wildlife habitat."

Sustainable viticulture is a comprehensive approach to vineyard management that involves all aspects of farming including human resources, viticulture, soil management, water management, pest management, habitat management, and wine quality.

"Practicing sustainable viticulture is imperative in keeping our vineyards healthy, and most importantly, productive," said Joe Valente, Vineyard-Orchard Manager for Ironstone Vineyards and John Kautz Farms. "We use various methods from planting cover crops, using organic materials for fertilization to providing habitats for native animals in the area. Sustainable viticulture is our way of helping protect the environment."

Depending on the growing season, Ironstone Vineyards practices a wide range of sustainable techniques to ensure the development of the highest quality wine grapes. "Sustainability of our vineyards and the surrounding environment is our primary goal. As a family winery we want our children and grandchildren to be able to continue farming in an environmentally sensitive way," said Kurt Kautz, owner and Chief Financial Officer. "The most important statement we can make about our wine is that we are here for the long term and protecting the environment is how we will achieve that."

Ironstone Vineyards, headquartered in Murphys, California, is owned and operated by the Kautz Family. It markets twelve varietals and five reserve wines nationally and internationally under the Ironstone Vineyards label. In addition to the Ironstone Vineyards label, the Kautz Family produces the award-winning wines of Leaping Horse Vineyards, Sonoma Creek and Dog Tail Vineyards. For more information about Ironstone Vineyards, please visit the website at

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    Pamela Graviet
    Marketing and Public Relations Director
    Ironstone Vineyards
    6111 E. Armstrong Road
    Lodi, CA 95240
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