Southbrook Vineyards

Southbrook Vineyards

April 20, 2009 08:15 ET

Southbrook Vineyards Toasts Earth Day® With Canada's First Biodynamic Wine

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 20, 2009) - Southbrook Vineyards toasts Earth Day® with the release of its 2008 Cabernet Rose, the first biodynamic wine produced in Canada. Twenty-eight restaurants all across Ontario will celebrate with a simultaneous launch of the wine on April 22nd - Earth Day®.

Southbrook's vineyard was certified organic by Pro-Cert Canada in the fall of 2008 and then became the first winery in Canada to be certified biodynamic by Demeter Canada. The Cabernet Rose is the first wine to be released from its estate-grown grapes since certification and marks a milestone for Marilyn and Bill Redelmeier, owners of the winery. "Biodynamic farming has been practiced for years by many outstanding wine producers in Europe and we are proud to help make inroads in the Canadian wine community," says Marilyn Redelmeier.

This holistic farming approach recognizes the vineyard as a self-sustaining ecosystem. It goes beyond the standards for organic farming by recognizing the interrelationship between the soil, plants and animals, and the energy forces affecting the farm, such as lunar and planetary cycles. Ann Sperling, director of Winemaking and Viticulture at Southbrook explains: "Biodynamics says the farm should be self-sustaining - an entire living system. The resulting practices are about quality in the bottle-and quality of life," she adds.

The quality of the Cabernet Rose 2008 impressed top wine critics. "A lovely rose to kick off the spring season," said wine writer David Lawrason. "It's medium weight, silky, off dry yet lively with a juicy, tart finish. Very zesty." Wine expert Tony Aspler agreed, calling the Rose a "terrific summer wine."

Only 550 cases of Southbrook Vineyards Cabernet Rose 2008 were produced. The wine retails for $18.95 per bottle. Consumers can order the wine directly from the winery by calling 1.888.581.1581 for delivery to an Ontario address. The wine can also be ordered online at www.winerytohome.com for Ontario delivery and www.canadianwineshop.com for U.S. delivery.

About Southbrook

Southbrook's harmonious relationship to the land is passionately expressed in every part of its operation, and is most visible in its LEED Gold hospitality pavilion designed to celebrate the vineyard that surrounds it. The pavilion was designed by renowned Canadian architect Jack Diamond.

Southbrook Vineyards is located at 581 Niagara Stone Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake. Tel: 905.641.2548. For a complete list of restaurants participating in the release launch, visit www.southbrook.com.

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