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Parducci Wine Cellars Received Rave Reviews at the ITMI Symposium

Submitted By: Tara Thomas, February 14, 2013
Spencer Brewer captivated the audience of tour operators and tour directors with a presentation about Parducci and its commitment to sustainability.

Napa, CA -- Spencer Brewer, direct-to-consumer business and events director for Parducci Wine Cellars, spoke at the recent International Tour Management Institute Symposium and Reunion. His presentation brought the unique character of Mendocino County to life for conference attendees, then treated them to a variety of Parducci wines which were poured at the event.

The symposium and reunion, which took place in January in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is the premier event in the travel and tourism industry, exclusively devoted to ITMI tour operator partners and ITMI-certified tour directors and guides. Founded in San Francisco in 1976, ITMI was the first U.S. school designed specifically to train and certify professional tour directors and guides. Considered the "gold standard" in the industry, ITMI has certified over 7,000 graduates from around the world, since its inception in 1976.

"Mendocino County is an amazing place," says Brewer, "and my goal was to communicate what makes us different: the focus on sustainable agriculture, the remarkable people who are dedicated to that goal, and our own role at Parducci as the pioneers for both the region and green practices."

The Thornhill family purchased the historic Parducci winery in 2004, and since then has made great strides in revitalizing the winery. Careful stewards of the land, the family believes that great wines begin in healthy vineyards. To that end, every detail is considered in creating a healthy environment for the vines. Wildlife habitat is preserved; domestic animals are used to control weeds and fertilize the vineyards; and a wetlands area reclaims water from the winemaking process, naturally treats it, and provides a nutrient-rich, sustainable source of water for the vineyards.

About Parducci Wine Cellars: (parducci.com) Mendocino's oldest winery, Parducci Wine Cellars has been making and selling wine since 1932. True to Parducci's "deep roots and legendary wines" slogan, the Thornhill family continues the brand tradition of making quality wines using sustainable wine growing and land use practices. The winery operates with high standards and broad eco-practices: carbon neutrality, use of 100 percent green power, certified sustainable growing practices, support of local family growers and the Mendocino community, water reduction, reuse and recycling programs and earth-friendly packaging.

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For Immediate Release
February 14, 2013
Contact: Paul Wagner
Phone: 707.255.7667
Email: pwagner@balzac.com