WEEK 2: ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

Week 2 dives into the Oregon wine industry’s ongoing commitment to protecting our land.

Welcome to Week 2!

Social and environmental responsibility are important to everyone today but with so much sustainability messaging being thrown around it can sometimes seem like a whole lot of green washing! Oregon’s young industry has always placed the highest standards on the protection of place and people. This week you’ll learn about the origins of Oregon’s sustainability efforts dating back to the 60’s, the new generation of progressive farmers and producers who are aspiring to some of the highest industry sustainability standards and also learn how to make sense of the certifications we use here.

Cheers,
Bree Stock MW
Oregon Wine Board Education Manager

KEY TAKE-AWAYS

  • Oregon’s forward-thinking sustainability efforts date back to the 1960’s

  • Only 20 of the 3,111 B Corp business across the world are wineries and 7 (35%) of them are in Oregon

  • Oregon accounts for 52% of Demeter Biodynamic certified vineyards in the United States

ASSIGNMENT #1: LEARN THE BASICS

Neighborhood bee collectives.  EV charging stations atop Mt. Hood. CSA farm shares offering so many beets you just have to pickle some. Oregonians may push the quirk factor, but we know a good thing when we see it—and we think this state, with its bountiful resources and beautiful scenery, is worth protecting.  For us, being green isn’t about being trendy, it’s who we are.  Oregon winemakers have demonstrated these qualities from the get-go, matching the joyful pursuit of great wine with a fierce commitment to the land.

Your assignment is to flip through the deck below. You’ll learn about the Oregon wine industry’s ongoing commitment to protecting our land and why a man named Tom is our hero.


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EXTRA CREDIT

For all you over-achievers out there:

  • “For Oregon vintners, creating the perfect glass of wine begins by caring for the land.” Read Stewards of Sustainability published in the 2018 Oregon Wine Touring Guide.

CRITICAL THINKING

Let’s put all your newfound knowledge to the test.

Everyone who answers all Learn Oregon critical thinking questions by April 1 will receive a Learn Oregon completion certificate and a chance to win 6 Zalto wine glasses (valued at $350+).

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REVIEW LAST WEEK’S INFO

Week 1 : Oregon Wine 101