October 21, 2013
Francis Ford Coppola Winery is now a certified member of the Sonoma Green Business Program! To achieve certification, we must be in compliance with all environmental regulations for conserving resources, preventing pollution, and minimizing waste. Running our entire business in an environmentally responsible way is very important to us and we are honored to be participants of this program.
July 5, 2012Niagara-on-the-Lake (Wednesday, July 4, 2012): Southbrook Vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake received two awards for its ongoing commitment to produce outstanding organic and biodynamic wines. On June 25, Southbrook Vineyards received the Environment Commitment Award for its Connect family of wines at the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) annual Elsie Awards for agents and suppliers. This award recognizes a supplier or trade member who raises awareness of environmental issues, promotes positive environmental action and makes the earth a better place to live.
Southbrook’s Connect white and red wines are the first general list Ontario VQA organic wines sold in LCBO stores. The wines, which debuted in the summer of 2011, are made from organically-grown Niagara grapes, and the red wine is additionally certified biodynamic. At $14.95 per 750 ml bottle, they are Southbrook’s most popular and most highly produced wines. The lightweight bottles used for the Connect line are sourced from an Ontario bottle maker using recycled glass collected in the Ontario Bag-it-Back program. Weighing less than 400 grams, the bottles leave a smaller carbon foot print when shipped.
Earlier this year, Southbrook received the Innovation Award presented at the Ontario Organic Council’s 2012 annual Organic Awards celebrating the achievement and dedication of growers and producers to provide consumers with the best quality food or wine while protecting Ontario’s ecological heritage.
“Receiving the awards validates our enduring commitment to produce great wines with a sense of place, and our belief in organic and biodynamic grape-growing is essential to that goal,” says Bill Redelmeier co-owner of Southbrook Vineyards along with his wife Marilyn. “Our commitment to the earth and to sustainable business practices govern all our decision making,” he adds. “We strive to sit lightly on the land.”
For Southbrook, the opportunity to offer Ontario consumers a local organic wine choice at a popular price point in LCBO stores brought about a new challenge for the winery. “Based on the success of our Connect wines, we soon realized to build the local organic category in LCBO stores, we would need to set a new goal of increasing the number of organically farmed vineyard acres in Ontario,” says Redelmeier.
To accomplish this, Southbrook Vineyards is helping local grape growers gain their organic certification with a promise to purchase the growers’ grapes for its Connect wines.
Another green innovation was Southbrook’s launch of Bioflavia™, a unique natural health product made of organic red wine grape skin powder that has very high levels of powerful antioxidants. After grapes are crushed for wine production, grape skins and seeds, or the pomace, are left over and usually discarded. The pomace is first put through a complete drying process before the skins and seeds are separated. The grape skins are further dried to a specified moisture level and milled to a fine powder.
In addition to their own pomace, Southbrook purchases pomace from all of the other organic wineries in Ontario to meet the growing demand for Bioflavia™ in the Canadian and international markets. Bioflavia™ grape skin powder was launched in 2011 and Bioflavia™ grape seed oil, the first organic grape seed oil produced in Canada, will be launched this fall. All Bioflavia™ products are certified organic.
The appeal of Bioflavia™ has even caught the interest of Arlene Dickinson, one of the business entrepreneurs on the CBC series, The Dragons’ Den. A segment with Bill and Marilyn Redelmeier pitching Bioflavia™ to The Dragons aired earlier in the spring.
About Southbrook Vineyards:
Southbrook Vineyards is located in the heart of the Niagara Wine Region in Ontario. Its aim is to serve as a model for the industry of what is possible in Ontario and around the world in producing exceptional wines while minimizing its footprint on the planet. Southbrook Vineyards has received numerous certifications including certified organic by Pro-Cert, certified biodynamic by Demeter (the first winery in Canada), and Local Food Plus (LFP). On design innovations, Southbrook’s hospitality pavilion is LEED Gold Certified, the first winery in Canada to gain this certification.
Southbrook Vineyards is located at 581 Niagara Stone Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake. Tel: 905.641.2548. www.southbrook.com. The Tasting Room is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm.
March 1, 2012
Bill's Editorial: A note from the owner
When we first started farming, we looked at winter as a time for rest and regeneration. It seems now that with all our new projects, we are busier than ever with extremely exciting things happening every day.
Our biggest and most time consuming new project is Bioflavia. As some of you know, we launched our new anti-oxidant powder last summer, and it has moved along very well. Registered as a Natural Health Product with Health Canada, its 11,000 ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity) units per 10 grams put it on par with Goji and other super foods. Made last year from our own pomace (the skins left over after we make red wine), this year we have expanded by purchasing all of the Organic red wine pomace produced in Ontario.
We have been anxiously awaiting word, and we can now confirm that we will appear on the CBC hit show Dragons' Den on March 7th. We still can't tell you what happened, but Marilyn, Robert Egli and I will try to beard the Dragons: tune in at 8pm and cheer for us. For those who miss it, go to http://www.cbc.ca/dragonsden/episodes.html. We will be episode 18. If you are outside of Canada, we will be posting the episode on our website.
Bioflavia is available either through us at Southbrook.com (1-888-581-1581) or from over 150 stores across Canada.
September 27, 2011
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
Date:Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Trialto partner Parducci has recently announced they have opened a tasting room at Real Goods Solar Living Center (SLC) campus – the ‘Greenest Store in the Nation’. This announcement concurs with Parducci’s label of America’s Greenest Winery.
We are very proud to represent Parducci, a winery committed to high environmental standards.
Please click here for the full article.
March 16, 2010
As the world headed to Vancouver to compete in the Olympics, we thought it might be fun to have our own office competition! Three offices...three medals...who will win Gold in our first Food Drive? Let the games begin!
From February 12th to the 28th, each office collected food donations the local food bank. Although Vancouver collected the most food, the real winners were the three food banks. Thank you all for your generosity!
March 16, 2010
Trialto is proud to once again partner with the LCBO to showcase leading sustainable wine producers. The events will be held in Toronto on April 20th and in Ottawa on April 21st. See the details here:
November 27, 2009
Trialto has kicked off its (now) annual toy drive in all three offices on October 29, 2009. We are collecting toys and coats to benefit local charities. Our donations will be collected on December 4th and taken to The Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau (Vancouver), Sick Kids Hospital (Toronto) and Women's Centre of Montreal (Montreal). Thanks for your generosity!
May 15, 2009
We are currently testing software called Printelligence from PREO. The software lets us warn our employees of the cost of printing any given document thus allowing them to not print it or shift to double sided printing. PREO claims savings from 10 to 40% in printing costs. You can learn more here:
May 15, 2009
We have recently removed old style water coolers with large bottles in all three offices and switched to a water filtration system. This will reduce our carbon footprint by stopping the useless shipping of water (and clear up some cupboard space too!). Our provider for the filtration systems is City Water international and you can see their product line at:
May 15, 2009
Trialto installed the Lifesize videoconferencing system in its three offices in late 2008 and the response has been amazing. We can now conduct "face to face" meetings with all our employees without having to jump on a plane. We are also planning to hold "virtual wine tastings" where the winemaker (from the comfort of their winery in Napa or Mendoza or Tuscany) will be commenting live on the wines we are evaluating. This will cut back our greenhouse gases emissions significantly by canceling multiple long haul flights.
You can read up on Lifesize at: