MENDOCINO COUNTY, Calif., Nov. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Bonterra Organic Vineyards ("Bonterra"), the leading wine from organically farmed grapes, has been named American Winery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast. The award comes at the conclusion of an exciting year for the winery, which was also named an IMPACT Hot Brand in 2016 for its growth outpacing the overall wine category by a significant margin. Bonterra's American Winery of the Year recognition - the first-ever awarded to a vintner dedicated to organic farming - will be accepted by Fetzer Vineyards' CEO Giancarlo Bianchetti at Wine Enthusiast's Wine Star Awards ceremony in Miami, FloridaJanuary 30, 2017.
Wine Star Honors Conferred on 30-Year Organic LeaderEstablished in the year 2000, the Wine Enthusiast Wine Star Awards recognize a handful of innovators whose vision, courage to take risks and business acumen set them apart as trailblazers within the beverage industry. Bonterra - which has been farming grapes organically for nearly 30 years - was selected for "its outstanding quality wines, fast-rising popularity among consumers and leadership in environmentally sensitive grape growing." Further details can be found in Contributing Editor Jim Gordon's in-depth Wine Star profile of Bonterra at Wine Enthusiast's website. "We are honored and humbled to be recognized by the Wine Enthusiast," Bianchetti said. "This incredible award reflects the dedication of everyone who contributes to Bonterra's ongoing success. Ultimately, it's thanks to our extended network of growers, distributors, retailers and loyal consumers that we're able to achieve such tremendous results year after year. We all share in this honor."