Organic farming guru Amigo Bob Cantisano celebrated in new guide


Healthy Vines, Pure Wines Explores Its Transformative Role In The California Wine Industry

February 17 – SONOMA CA: Amigo Bob Cantisano, visionary advocate for sustainable agriculture and organic winemaking who passed away on December 26, 2020, has made profound and beneficial changes to wineries across California. Much of his knowledge – life’s work in the organic movement – has been shared through his advice in areas such as Sutter Home, Frog’s Leap, E. & J. Gallo, Stag’s Leap, Tres Sabores and many others.

A forthcoming book, Healthy Vines, Pure Wines – Methods in Organic, Biodynamic, Natural and Sustainable Viticulture captures, for the first time, a comprehensive account of Cantisano’s contributions to the field, the tools and techniques he championed and advice he gave to producers. in the Sonoma and Napa areas as they transition to closed system agriculture.

“This is the go-to manual for winemakers looking to break into the sustainability side of the industry,” said editor and author Pamela Lanier. “It’s a unique resource on organic and sustainable methods with up-to-date case studies of vineyards and wineries that successfully implement these methods. ”

“With examples ranging from small bodega to industry-leading mega-wineries, we have sought to be as inclusive as possible,” said co-author JN Hughes. “The wineries we’ve featured exemplify the soul and breadth of the sustainable agriculture movement. Big or small, each has an impact.

The book also reviews current sustainable and organic trends in the wine industry with sections presenting:

  • Interviews with Jean-Charles Boisset, standard bearer of Biodynamic Viticulture and pioneers of organic viticulture Phil and Sam Coturri.
  • Wine growing techniques, including biodynamic practices, drought tolerant agriculture and current technology, which offer alternatives to heavy chemical methods, with particular insight from Mike and Chris Benziger.
  • A focus on the emerging role of women in leadership within the wine industry and a glimpse of what the future and climate change may hold for wine producers and consumers.

Healthy vines, pure wines – Organic, biodynamic, natural and sustainable viticulture methods, by Pamela Lanier and JN Hughes, will be available in print and digital format from Business Expert Press this spring.


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