Shannon Family of Wines Receives California Green Medal Environment Award at Winery Sheep Shearing Event | News

Joined by 270 friends, family, club members and wine lovers, the Shannon family received the Green Medal Environment Award at the Shannon Family of Wines’ first Sheep Shearing Party on the property since 2019. This event is highly regarded in Lake County and was started as a way to showcase their regenerative farming practices through the use of sheep on the property.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif., April 22, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Joined by 270 friends, family, club members and wine enthusiasts, the Shannon family received the Green Medal Environment Award at the Shannon Family of Wines’ first Sheep Shearing Party on the property since 2019. This event is beloved in Lake County and was started as a way to showcase their regenerative farming practices through the use of sheep on the property.

“This event is important for us because sheep farming is an integral part of the daily management of our vineyards”, shares the owner Shannon Clay. “We don’t just have sheep a few months out of the year, we have them 365 days and we’ve seen huge environmental benefits from having these animals as permanent members of our team.”

Since 1996, the Shannon family has made sustainability a key facet of the winery’s mission with the creation of the Ovis project. The project, which is centered around the year-round use of sheep on the property, encompasses the transformation of the 1,000 acres Lake County California mountain wine estate in an entirely sustainable and regenerative organic agriculture. In order to protect the future of their Lake County estate and the wine industry as a whole, the Shannon’s launched the Ovis project to reinvent viticulture and winemaking to cope with and mitigate the effects of climate change.

Saturday’s event featured music, food, wine and professional sheep shearers from New Zealand. True to their core mission of remaining sustainable and producing as little waste as possible, the wool that was sheared from the sheep last Saturday will be used to create textiles as the sheep continue to maintain the ecological balance in the vineyards.

During the event, the Wine Institute presented the Green Medal Award to the Shannon family. The award was received by Clay and Angie Shannonas well as their daughter and son-in-law Brooke and Lorenzo Paciniand their granddaughter Laela Anne. The Shannons were inspired to prioritize sustainability when imagining the world they wanted for their grandchildren, so it was a time of closure to have three generations present to receive the award.

The Shannon Family of Wines portfolio includes Buck Shack, Shannon ClayGiannecchini, Upper Valley, OVIS, Shannon Ridge, Steele Wines and Emergency. For more information on Shannon Family of Wines’ sustainability efforts, visit http://www.shannonfamilyofwines.com/sustainability and follow them on Facebook and instagram.

About the Shannon Wine Family

The Shannon family is committed to preserving their land, not only for the great wine sites but also for the bear, elk, cougar, eagle and other creatures that call it home. Of their approximately 2,500 acres, only about 40% have been converted to vineyards. The balance of the land has been preserved for the wildlife that roams the property from the vast wilderness areas adjoining the ranches. The vineyards have been carefully planned, leaving corridors open to migrating animals, protecting sensitive nesting areas, and will be 100% certified organic this year.

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