Korbel Champagne Cellars' 2011 Garden Opening

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korbel_gardenopening_041311.jpgGUERNEVILLE (RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY), CA
Korbel Champagne Cellars'
spectacular garden will open for the 2011 season on Friday, April 15th. Featuring extraordinarily beautiful plantings - including 250 varieties of roses - amid towering redwoods that surround the historic circa 1882 Korbel House, Korbel Garden is both a popular Sonoma County attraction and an example of Korbel Champagne Cellars' commitment to sustainability.

It may be coincidence that Korbel Garden opens this year just a week before the world celebrates Earth Day, but several aspects of its care are representative of Korbel's efforts to conserve, reduce, reuse and implement natural, sustainable techniques throughout its vineyard and winemaking operations. The garden's drip irrigation system, carefully calibrated to each planting, and operated at night to conserve water and keep energy use off-peak, is similar to that used in Korbel's vineyards. The garden and vineyards both benefit from integrated pest management, including utilization of beneficial bugs and nematodes to control destructive insects. The rich, natural compost for the garden and the vineyards is produced from vineyard waste, including pruned vine canes, grape stems and grape pomace. Native, drought-resistant California plants, a significant element in Korbel Garden's vibrant color palette, help reduce water consumption.
Complete information on Korbel Champagne Cellars' award-winning commitment to efficiency, conservation and environmental stewardship can be found at www.korbel.com/Presskit.aspx under "Korbel Sustainability."     

From opening day through mid-October, free guided tours of Korbel Garden will be offered Tuesday through Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Visitors often begin or end their tour with a refreshing glass of Korbel California champagne, or lunch at the Korbel Delicatessen & Market.  

Established in 1882, Korbel Champagne Cellars produces America's most popular méthode champenoise champagne. One of Sonoma County's top visitor destinations, Korbel is located on River Road near Guerneville, California, 14 miles west of Highway 101. Additional information regarding Korbel Champagne Cellars and Korbel Garden are available by telephone at 707/824-7000 and on the internet at www.korbel.com.

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