With the holiday season comes good food, fine wine and warm family gatherings. I thought to cover the wine making industry part of our profile series: many vineyards were early adopters of solar panels, and wine making often remains a family business. I expected to visit one of the cutting-edge wineries in Napa Valley. To my surprise, I came across California's hidden organic wine region.
Nestled among the red woods, two hours north of San Francisco, Mendocino County hosts some of the greenest vineyards. It benefits from ideal farming climate and easy access to water. More than 25% of the grapes produced across the county are organic. I decided to visit Jonathan Frey who started with his wife the first organic winery in America thirty years ago, way before the word sustainability became mainstream.