CA: Non-Profit Formed to Study Terrain in Contra Costa County

on 03/02/11 at 3:44 pm

Wine

Hannah Nicole Vineyards and Winery, Brentwood’s first winery, today announced that it is spearheading a new non-profit organization, The Diablo Foothills Winegrowers Association. The organization’s purpose will be to underscore current efforts of the Contra Costa Winegrowers Association to formally establish a unique American Viticultural Area (AVA) for Contra Costa County. Key initiatives of The Diablo Foothills Winegrowers Association will include fundraising efforts, community events and educational activities in support of studies regarding the area’s landscape, geology and climate.

“The Diablo Foothills Winegrowers Association represents a collective, grass roots effort by Contra Costa winemakers of all sizes, ranging from boutique wineries and home hobbyists to commercial producers,” said Neil Cohn, CEO and co-founder of Hannah Nicole Vineyards and Winery. “We are happy to have the participation of all who are committed to helping the Contra Costa County appellation merit a unique, independent AVA. This designation will offer scientific backup to validate what we already know — that Contra Costa County’s environmental conditions make it one of the world’s top grape growing regions.”

Much like the Napa Valley, Contra Costa County offers rich soil and a consistent hot, dry climate that cools at night as fog rolls over the Diablo foothills, encouraging a shift from vegetative growth to fruit ripening.

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