June 20, 2019

Sonoma Godfather of Sustainability

Bevill Vineyard Management Dedication to Sustainability

From the article How Sonoma became America’s most sustainable wine region

Another avid proponent of employee lodging is Duff Bevill, known locally as the “Godfather of Sustainability.” Bevill’s vineyard management company works with vineyards across the county to optimize operations for sustainability.

“This effort to become 100 percent certified speaks volumes about our love for the land in Sonoma County, our commitment to environmental stewardship and that we value what is important to our consumers, including being good employers,” Bevill stated on his association profile. In practice, this means bunkhouses for immigrant vineyard employees in the country on H2A Visas (Bevill was required to first offer the jobs to Americans but yielded no interest) and paying $16.34 per hour — more than $4 more than California’s minimum wage.

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