Sustainable Wine: Balancing Environmental, Social and Economic Issues
If you’ve ever thought that organic wine was simply about using less chemicals…guess again. Join us on Wednesday November 27th to hear the rest of the story directly from Bill Redelmeier, owner of the sustainable vineyard, Southbrook – based in Niagara Ontario.
Bill will take us on a sustainable wine journey from the perspective of a wine entrepreneur. During the talk you will learn about the difference between organic and biodynamic wine and how a commitment to sustainability not only produces an award winning product but also how it positively benefits the land, the workers and the community.
All attendees will enjoy a complimentary glass of
Southbrook’s award winning wine.
DATE: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 (registration closes November 24th)
TIME: 4:30-7:30 EST (snacks & networking from 6:30-7:30)
LOCATION: Bennett Jones, 1st Can. Place, 100 King St. W. (King & Bay), 34th Floor, Toronto
FREE LIVE WEBCAST & TWITTERCHAT #tssschat from 5:00 – 6:30 PM EST
(Tickets for both the live event and the webcast must be purchased in advance)
During the event we will explore some of the following:
* Why a vineyard is the most valuable way to use agricultural land in Ontario
* Why growing wine as a low cost commodity is a terrible business strategy
* How Southbrook’s commitment to sustainability clearly benefits workers and the community
* How Bill’s passion drives the culture at Southbrook
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4:30 – 5:00 pm: Registration, snacks and networking
5:00 – 5:10 pm: Introductions and special announcements
5:10 – 5:40 pm: Presentation by Bill Redelmeier, owner of Southbrook Vinyards
5:40 – 6:00 pm: Small group discussion/brainstorming
6:00: – 6:40 pm: Groups report back to main audience and general Q and A
6:40 – 7:20 pm: Networking and snacks
Group breakout question: What far reaching sustainability initiatives would you like to see your company implement that don’t seem to ever happen? Why don’t they happen? Is it that they don’t mesh with your company’s culture or perhaps they simply butt heads with a business system which emphasizes short term gains?
Bill Redelmeier is the owner of Southbrook Vineyards – he is a passionate entrepreneur and connoisseur of food and fine wine. Bill and his partner Marilyn have seen many business transitions over the years; from a 19th century Richmond Hill cattle farm, to a roadside vegetable stand in the 1980s, to a thriving garden market, and now an award-winning winery. Bill’s agricultural roots run deep – he honed his skills and knowledge at the University of Guelph and was an active supporter of local growers long before the expression “locavore” was coined.
In 2005, Bill and Marilyn chose to reinvest in agriculture by purchasing a 74-acre vineyard in the heart of Ontario wine country in Niagara-on-the-Lake. They doubled their holdings to approximately 150 acres of prime viticultural land in the spring of 2008. With this significant investment located within the Green Belt, the Redelmeiers have intentionally chosen to become a part of this region’s agricultural heritage for generations to come.
Bill and Marilyn have pursued certifications for both the vineyard and the winery – including LEED, biodynamic and organic certification – clearly demonstrating leadership and commitment to environmental concerns, quality winemaking, and outstanding customer experience. Bill is a board member of the Vintners Quality Alliance (Ontario), the Wine Council of Ontario, and Fruit Wines of Canada. In 2010, Bill conceived of and organized the highly successful “Seriously Cool Chardonnay” event in Ontario and the UK, to promote and showcase Ontario’s excellent Chardonnays on an international stage.
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