NAPA, Calif., July 23 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its commitment to the local community, Acacia Vineyard, a leader in the production of outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the Carneros District since 1979, installed two educational panels at the Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area. The panels were developed in partnership with the California Department of Fish and Game and with generous support from Ducks Unlimited to educate the local public and visitors about the importance and value of improving and restoring wetlands in the Bay Area.
"The marsh provides an important habitat for a variety of fish, waterfowl, wildlife and plant species, several of which are threatened or endangered," says CA Department of Fish & Game Senior Wildlife Biologist Larry Wyckoff. "We have limited funding so this generous donation from Acacia Vineyard is critical in helping us educate the public about the importance of restoring this marsh."
Acacia Vineyard donated $10,000 for the creation of the panels. A portion of the funds came from the sale of Acacia's Marsh Chardonnay, first launched in 2000 to benefit the marsh area. Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines also provided matching funds.
"We believe in sustainability and want to do our part to preserve this piece of our Carneros heritage that helps us make such compelling wines," said, Acacia Winemaker Matthew Glynn. "The Napa Sonoma Marsh gives us beautiful, afternoon breezes and evening fog that allows our grapes to develop more concentrated, complex flavors."
The Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area (NSMWA) encompasses more than 16,000 acres off San Francisco's San Pablo Bay. The panels were installed at the end of Buchli Station Road, off Las Amigas Road, in Napa County. This public entryway into NSMWA is just minutes from Acacia winery and downtown Napa. One panel, located near the parking lot, includes maps of the area and explains the importance of wetlands to the local ecology. Another panel, installed next to a viewing blind that was constructed and donated by Acacia employees in 2001, illustrates the bird, mammal and plant species visitors can look for at the marsh.
To prepare for the panel installation, employees from Acacia Vineyard, Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines and Ducks Unlimited gathered to maintain the area on June 14. The team of employees pulled weeds, cut invasive plants and performed clean up and maintenance to the public structures and restrooms at the site. According to the California Department of Fish & Game and Ducks Unlimited, thousands use the marsh for fishing, hunting, educational and scientific purposes, bird-watching, nature observations, photography and other wildlife dependent activities each year.
Acacia Vineyard has a long history of supporting an improving the marsh. Over the years, Acacia employees planted black walnut and coastal oak trees and a row of wild rose bushes as a "living fence" to provide cover and food for the expanding wildlife community around the marsh. To help these young plants flourish, Acacia also donated and installed a drip irrigation line.
Introduced in 2001, the Acacia Marsh Chardonnay is a unique wine made from the lees collected from each barrel of the winery's Chardonnay. This unique blend creates a cuvee of powerfully flavored Chardonnay with aromas of fresh bread, nutmeg and coconut married with flavors of bright citrus, ginger and tropical fruit. The wine label features a watercolor depiction of the Napa Sonoma Marsh hand-painted by a former Acacia employee. The Acacia Marsh Chardonnay is sold exclusively at the winery and online for $20 per 750 ml bottle. Acacia Vineyard is part of Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines.
About Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines
Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines (DC&E) is part of Diageo (Dee-AH-Gee-O); the world's leading premium drinks business. DC&E produces and markets premium wines from around the globe including Napa Valley, Sonoma, the California Central Coast, Washington, France, New Zealand and Australia. Brands include: Beaulieu Vineyard, Sterling Vineyards, Sterling Vintner's Collection, Chalone Vineyard, Acacia Vineyard, Edna Valley Vineyard and Provenance Vineyards as well as the French wines of Barton & Guestier. DC&E is also a leading importer of classified Bordeaux and Burgundy estate-bottled wines including F.E. Trimbach.
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Source: Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines