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Frog’s Leap Winery: Saves 10 Million Gallons of Water a Year with Dry-Farming

Frog’s Leap Winery is an organic and biodynamic vineyard located in the heart of Napa’s Rutherford region. Back in 1975, owner John Williams was living in St. Helena on a property that was a frog farm during the 1800s. Yes, a frog farm! In 1981 he began working for Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, an opportunity that enabled him and his buddy Larry Turley to make a 5 gallon jug o’ wine using “borrowed” grapes. As a homage to the grape’s origins–and the frog farm–they called it Frog’s Leap. Pleased with the results, they sold their motorcycles to produce another 500 cases.

Now entering their 30th year of production, Frog’s Leap has been a pioneer in terms of green winemaking. They were Napa’s first winery with certified organically grown grapes and the first California winery with a LEED certified building. But one of their most impressive accomplishments is that they grow all their grapes without the use of any water; they’re completely dry-farmed…

to continue reading this article: http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/frogs-leap-winery-saves-10-million-gallons-of-water-a-year-with-dry-farming.html

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