Sonoma: Boooo. Plan to cut forest for vineyards
on 13/06/11 at 1:18 pmWine
Despite recent declines in high-end wine sales and a glut of grape production in Sonoma County, the winemakers are investing millions in environmental studies for the projects.
Napa Valley’s Artesa Vineyards wants to plant on 151 acres on a site containing redwoods and artifacts from ancient Kashaya Pomo villages.
Premier Pacific Vineyards wants to put grapes on about 1,800 acres of the 20,000 it owns in a project called Preservation Ranch that will also include residential housing.
A group of residents are calling the projects unnecessary “vanity vineyards” that will do long-term damage to the Gualala River by taking water and introducing pesticides.