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September 15, 2020

Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing Seal

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Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing (CCSW) seal marks J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines' next advancement in sustainability leadership.

SAN JOSE, CALIF. – Sep­tem­ber 15, 2020 – J. Lohr Vine­yards & Wines announced today that the new-vin­tage release of the 2019 J. Lohr Estates River­stone Chardon­nay, one of America’s best known and top-sell­ing appel­la­tion-des­ig­nat­ed white wines, will now fea­ture the Cer­ti­fied Cal­i­for­nia Sus­tain­able Wine­grow­ing (CCSW) wine logo on its back label. The CCSW wine logo indi­cates that at least 85% of a giv­en wine was made using grapes from cer­ti­fied sus­tain­able vine­yards, the wine was made in a cer­ti­fied sus­tain­able win­ery, with 100% of the grapes com­ing from Cal­i­for­nia vine­yards. Over­seen by the Cal­i­for­nia Sus­tain­able Wine­grow­ing Alliance (CSWA), which is ded­i­cat­ed to pro­mot­ing envi­ron­men­tal­ly con­scious vine­yard and win­ery prac­tices, the rig­or­ous cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is wide­ly rec­og­nized as the industry’s bench­mark for sustainability.

This achieve­ment for J. Lohr’s most pop­u­lar white wine rep­re­sents anoth­er mile­stone in the Lohr family’s ongo­ing, decades-long com­mit­ment to sus­tain­able prac­tices – a ded­i­ca­tion that, ear­li­er this year, earned J. Lohr Vine­yards & Wines the 2020 Green Medal Leader Award hon­or. Award­ed by a who’s who of lead­ing indus­try orga­ni­za­tions, includ­ing the Cal­i­for­nia Sus­tain­able Wine­grow­ing Alliance, Cal­i­for­nia Asso­ci­a­tion of Wine­grape Grow­ers, Wine Insti­tute, Napa Val­ley Vint­ners, Sono­ma Coun­ty Wine­grow­ers, Lodi Wine­grape Com­mis­sion, and The Vine­yard Team, the Green Medal Leader Award is giv­en annu­al­ly to the win­ery that best exem­pli­fies lead­er­ship in the ​“3 E’s” of sus­tain­abil­i­ty: envi­ron­men­tal­ly sound, social­ly equi­table and eco­nom­i­cal­ly viable.

“At J. Lohr, a ded­i­ca­tion to sus­tain­abil­i­ty and the envi­ron­ment have been guid­ing prin­ci­ples at our fam­i­ly-run win­ery since our found­ing, and we believe there is a direct con­nec­tion between con­ser­va­tion and wine qual­i­ty,” says Co-own­er and CEO Steve Lohr. ​“In addi­tion to being ear­ly adopters of sus­tain­able prac­tices, we have tried to lead by exam­ple while work­ing with orga­ni­za­tions like Wine Insti­tute and the Cal­i­for­nia Sus­tain­able Wine­grow­ing Alliance to cod­i­fy con­sci­en­tious, indus­try-wide stan­dards and cer­ti­fi­ca­tions. We believe that work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tive­ly, includ­ing shar­ing data and inno­va­tions, is the best way to ensure a healthy envi­ron­ment and a strong wine industry.”

2020 marks ten years since J. Lohr became one of the very first vine­yards and winer­ies in the state to earn the Cer­ti­fied Cal­i­for­nia Sus­tain­able Wine­grow­ing dis­tinc­tion from CSWA. This cer­ti­fi­ca­tion process includes com­ply­ing with 244 best prac­tices and 95 pre­req­ui­sites from the Code of Sus­tain­able Wine­grow­ing Prac­tices Work­book, as well as demon­strat­ing con­tin­u­ous improve­ment in all best prac­tices. Com­pli­ance with these prac­tices is then eval­u­at­ed and ver­i­fied by an inde­pen­dent, third-par­ty audi­tor. J. Lohr has earned CSWA cer­ti­fi­ca­tion every year since the program’s incep­tion. The cer­ti­fi­ca­tion cov­ers all of J. Lohr’s estate vine­yards in Paso Rob­les, Mon­terey Coun­ty and Napa Val­ley, as well as its winer­ies in Paso Rob­les, San Jose, and Greenfield.

The 2019 J. Lohr Estates River­stone Chardon­nay comes from the Arroyo Seco appel­la­tion of Mon­terey Coun­ty, where J. Lohr farms more than 1,400 acres of cer­ti­fied sus­tain­able estate vine­yards, includ­ing more than 1,200 acres of Chardon­nay. The J. Lohr Estates River­stone Chardon­nay is named for the large allu­vial stones scat­tered through­out the soils of J. Lohr’s vine­yards in the Arroyo Seco appel­la­tion. J. Lohr Founder Jer­ry Lohr first began plant­i­ng Chardon­nay in the region in 1972. It is par­tic­u­lar­ly mean­ing­ful that the River­stone Chardon­nay will be the first J. Lohr wine to bear the Cal­i­for­nia Cer­ti­fied Sus­tain­able seal. In 1987, it was also the debut wine in the now beloved and trust­ed J. Lohr Estates tier. The updat­ed label will begin ship­ping across the U.S. and inter­na­tion­al­ly in Octo­ber 2020.

About the Cal­i­for­nia Sus­tain­able Wine­grow­ing Alliance (CSWA)

CSWA is a non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion estab­lished by Wine Insti­tute and the Cal­i­for­nia Asso­ci­a­tion of Wine­grape Grow­ers. CSWA pro­motes the ben­e­fits of sus­tain­able prac­tices, enlists indus­try com­mit­ment, imple­ments the Sus­tain­able Wine­grow­ing Pro­gram, and admin­is­ters Cer­ti­fied Cal­i­for­nia Sus­tain­able Wine­grow­ing – a third-par­ty cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­gram for Cal­i­for­nia vine­yards, winer­ies and wines that adheres to inter­na­tion­al sus­tain­abil­i­ty standards.

About J. Lohr Vine­yards & Wines

Found­ed forty-six years ago by Jer­ry Lohr and still fam­i­ly owned and oper­at­ed today, J. Lohr Vine­yards & Wines crafts a full line of inter­na­tion­al­ly rec­og­nized wines from its more than 4,000 acres of cer­ti­fied sus­tain­able estate vine­yards in Mon­terey County’s Arroyo Seco and San­ta Lucia High­lands appel­la­tions, Paso Rob­les, and St. Hele­na in Napa Val­ley. Offer­ing an expres­sive range of styles that show­case its estate fruit, J. Lohr pro­duces six tiers of award-win­ning wines: J. Lohr Estates, J. Lohr Vine­yard Series, J. Lohr Pure Paso™ Pro­pri­etary Red Wine, J. Lohr Cuvée Series, J. Lohr Ges­ture, and J. Lohr Sig­na­ture Caber­net Sauvi­gnon. The company’s online home is jlohr​.com.