Raise your wine glass for salmon
Did you know the wines you choose can help protect salmon and the ecosystems they support? The Salmon-Safe eco-certification helps vineyards adopt salmon-friendly management practices. The program recently experienced a big win when Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate Winery and Constellation brands earned Salmon-Safe certification following a rigorous independent evaluation of its winery and vineyard operation.
Jackson Triggs protects salmon habitat
Jackson-Triggs’ certification will result in more than 1,000 vineyard acres in the Okanagan Valley adopting sustainable Salmon-Safe practices. Two of Jackson Triggs’ most acclaimed vineyards, Bull Pine and Bear Cub, sit adjacent to Osoyoos Lake, which in 2013 had its first-ever recreational fishery opening for sockeye salmon.Beginning with the 2013 vintages, all Jackson-Triggs Okanagan VQA wines can be labeled Salmon-Safe. The Salmon-Safe label on a bottle of wine means the grapes used in that wine were grown using agricultural practices that protect Pacific salmon habitat and enhance water quality.
Salmon-Safe B.C., a program delivered by the Pacific Salmon Foundation and partner the Fraser Basin Council, now has more than 40 certified farms, including 12 vineyards.