A few years back they received their California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) certification, and they have continued to make improvements in quality and sustainability within their vineyard and winery. The CCOF certification allowed them to produce organic wines, but as Nicholas Miller, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Thornhill Companies says, “we knew we wanted to take things to the next level to prove our commitment to sustainability, as well.”
Gaining this certification is quite a process. A winery must meet an extensive list of specifications and requirements developed by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA). These requirements hope to increase the sustainability of the wine industry through environmental stewardship and conservation of natural resources along with socially equitable business practices. “We started with the very basics, putting our efforts into completing the online self-assessment to evaluate our winery on a holistic level,” explains Miller. “In areas where we needed the most improvement, we were required to create ‘Action Plans’ that outlined what changes would be made and the timeline in which these changes would occur.”
Central Coast Wine Services has been around since 1988, and as Miller says, they are “incredibly honored and proud to receive this certification, which further exemplifies Thornhill’s extensive commitment to the highest level of farming and winemaking.”
Thornhill Companies, owned by the Miller family, has been in the wine-making industry for generations with many well-recognized labels such as J. Wilkes, a recent recipient of Wine & Spirits’ Top Pinot Noirs of 2017, Ballard Lane and Smashberry, Turn Key Wine Brands, custom crush facilities Central Coast Wine Services and Paso Robles Wine Services, and a portfolio of Central Coast vineyards.
For more information on Thornhill Companies and Central Coast Wine Services, visit their website: http://www.thornhillcompanies.com.