Press Release: Kunde Estate Adds Second Dog-Friendly Date to 2008 Eco-Tour Schedule

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Press Release: Kenwood, CA, --Following a sold out event in May, Kunde Estate has scheduled a second dog-friendly hike on Saturday, October 18th, 2008. The hike offers a chance for animal lovers to enjoy wine country with their dogs while raising funds for Canine Companions and the Humane Society & SPCA of Sonoma County (HSSC). Both non-profit organizations provide vital services to people and animals in the region.

October's Dog-Friendly Hike consists of a three mile trek through the Kunde family's 1,850 acre estate, led by fourth generation winegrower Jeff Kunde. The hike is $45 per person and dog and concludes with a wine country gourmet picnic and wine tasting, with treats and a "water tasting" for dogs.

"The dog-friendly hike is a wonderful event for our organization to be involved with," said Angie Bonnert, Public Relations Director of Humane Society & SPCA of Sonoma County. "It's a great sensory experience for the dogs, and great exposure for us. Two of the rescue dogs we brought along were adopted and we received numerous inquiries and donations." HSSC is hoping to match or exceed the number of adoptions in October.

A portion of the fee for the dog hike will be donated to Canine Companions and Humane Society & SPCA of Sonoma County. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. For more information, please contact the Hospitality Department at (707) 833-5501 Ext. 334 or visit

Jeff Kunde also leads Kunde Estate's popular Eco-Green Tours, and the winery offers Sustainable Winegrowing hikes lead by docent Bill Myers. The final Green Eco-Tour of the season is August 23rd ($60 per person, reservations are required and space is limited). Remaining 2008 Sustainable Hike dates are August 16, September 13, November 15, and December 20 (all Saturdays) $15 per person. Price includes wine tasting. A portion of this fee will be donated to the Sonoma Ecology Center. Reservations are required and space is limited. Please no pets or children under 5.

About the Eco-Green Tours

The Eco-Green Tours were first created in 2006. Fourth Generation Winegrower Jeff Kunde personally leads the tours, offering wine and environmental enthusiasts an insider's exploration of the family's commitment to environmental sustainability throughout Kunde Estate's winegrowing, land management and winery operations. Lasting approximately four hours, the hikes climb from the Sonoma Valley floor up 1400' through the vineyards and into the Mayacamas Mountains.

About Kunde Estate

Kunde Estate Winery & Vineyards is one of California's premier estate wine producers. Located in the Sonoma Valley, the family's scenic 1,850-acre estate has been managed by five generations since 1904. The Kunde Estate brand, launched with the completion of the winery in 1990, has reached 110,000 cases annually with distribution throughout the United States. Today, the Kunde family sustainably farms more than eighteen grape varietals from their 750-acres of estate vineyards. Constructed as a replica of the original Kinneybrook Ranch cattle barn, Kunde Estate's tasting room is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To learn more about Kunde Estate Winery & Vineyards, visit or call (707) 833-5501.

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