Recently, and if you ask me, it's about time, the citizens of Sonoma County have been kicking up dust re: new winery and vineyard installation. For awhile now, I've been suggesting we need to place a moratorium on new vineyard development across the state just to step back and determine what damage has been done to our various habitats and acquirers that affect so many, um, voters. This would also give some of those Eco-systems to rejuvenate.
I'm posting a couple links on this subject. And there will be more to come.
Sonoma County has gone from an agriculture that at one time, benefitted all, to a monoculture that now benefits a very few. There are over 70,000 acres under vine while approximately 12,000 acres of EVERYTHING ELSE. We need to stop new vineyard from being planted.
We have enough grapes.