Parducci is owned in partnership by the grape-growing families of Tom and Tim Thornhill and Paul Dolan.
Tom, Tim and Paul are driven by three mandates: Respect for the environment, sustaining community and family, and a creative approach to business.
From tree-free papers and soy based inks to biodiesel tractors and organic grape growing, Parducci is creating a model of quality and environmental sustainability for other wineries to follow. Not to mention they give freely and frequently to many of California’s Green Drinks Gatherings.
Tom, Tim and Paul of Parducci have taken a stand when it comes to growing their grapes and producing wines. They’re doing the right things to make delicious wine, and the right things to make a healthier planet.
If you stand on the top peak of our winery rooftop (not recommended, for safety reasons) you can see 90% of our family farmed vineyards … they’re mostly within a twelve mile radius of our Mendocino County, California winery.
– Tom, Tim, Paul
Family farmers are responsible stewards of the land, protecting it for current and future generations. “Independent family farms also play a vital role in rural economies. In addition to providing jobs to local people, family farmers also help support small businesses by purchasing goods and services within their communities.”
But family farms are at risk, disappearing at a staggering rate. Since the early 1960s, the number of farms in the U.S. has declined by over 1.25 million. There are now nearly five million fewer farms in the U.S. than there were in the 1930’s. But buyers concerned about their communities, the environment, and quality are increasingly committed to buying organic food from local family farms. This food matches their personal values and includes attributes such as freedom from pesticides, synthetic hormones, and antibiotics; providing for the humane treatment of animals; and promoting buying local.
Renewable and Solar Energy-Use
Parducci Winery uses Biodiesel (a renewable fuel derived from natural vegetable oil) in their tractors and cars. Their solar energy installation supplies 25% of their energy needs. Renewable energy sources reduce carbon dioxide emissions and relieve pressure on declining world stocks of petroleum.
Solar electric power is created using photovoltaic cells and panels. Many of us use electricity generated in this way every day, without even thinking about it, since many small calculators and wrist watches are run on photovoltaic cells. Photovoltaic material converts sunlight directly into electricity. When sunlight strikes the material, electrons are dislodged, creating an electrical current which can be captured and harnessed. The photovoltaic materials can be several individual solar cells or a single thin layer, which make up a larger solar panel. More Info HERE:
www.solarelectricpower.org Also known as SEPA.
Energy audit partner Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) helped them monitor energy usage, and recommended ways and means to enhance their energy efficiency. www.pge.com/environment
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Photos courtesy StarksilverCreek and WineInstitute