Don’t destroy redwood forest for vineyards
  • Petitioned Keith LaVine

This petition was delivered to:

President, Artesa Vineyards & Winery
Keith LaVine
Artesa Vineyards & Winery
Artesa Wine Club
Artesa’s wholesaler
Aveniu Brands
Parent corporation, headquartered in Spain

Don’t destroy redwood forest for vineyards

    1. Petition by

      Friends of the Gualala River

Artesa Winery’s planned vineyard development is the only project in California proposing deforestation of coastal redwoods.  Allowing this would set a precedent for other vineyard developers to destroy redwood forests in California.

The project has already been granted permits from California state agencies. Only a lawsuit from the Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity, and Friends of the Gualala River has temporarily stopped the chainsaws and bulldozers from permanently removing the forest, sterilizing all its soils, and desecrating its ancient Pomo Indian heritage.

Artesa’s plan to log over a million board-feet of coastal redwood and douglas fir is more than simply clear-cutting the forest.  They will rip out redwood roots and stumps that would otherwise regenerate. They will completely scrape away ancient forest soils and organisms, and apply pesticides.  In addition, they will construct roads that are potential sources of sediment pollution to rivers and streams – home to endangered Coho salmon and Steelhead trout – and build fencing that fragments wild life habitat. It won’t be a pretty sight.

If this project is not stopped or withdrawn voluntarily, it will attract other vineyard developers to exploit this project’s approval.  It will unleash additional and sprawling piecemeal vineyard development in second-growth redwood forests in the region.  Artesa is literally paving the way for innumerable copycat vineyard deforestation projects.

With the help of tens of thousands of petitioners, we were successful last year in convincing public investment funds to purchase “Preservation Ranch,” another vineyard deforestation project.  The petition signers convinced CALPERS (California Pension and Employee Retirement System) to abandon their planned development and sell the 20,000 acres of coastal forestland to The Conservation Fund for sustainable yield forest management and conservation in perpetuity. 

But Artesa is privately owned by a large Spanish corporation, Codorniu. They want only vineyards, not forests. We need your help to convince Artesa and its parent corporation Codorniu that it is unwise to embark on an obviously unsustainable project because redwood deforestation for red wine may permanently stain their reputation in the wine market.
Please sign this petition, and tell your friends – and tell Artesa too – that:

1. Artesa should withdraw the Artesa-Sonoma Annapolis vineyard deforestation project permanently.

2. You will not drink Artesa's wine made from deforestation of redwoods.
* Educated wine drinkers are outraged by wine made from deforestation of redwoods and desecrated Pomo Indian heritage lands.
* Even the finest red wine, if produced by redwood deforestation, is undrinkable.
* Artesa Winery is jeopardizing its reputation by insisting on developing new vineyards in redwood forestland. National and international awareness and disapproval of the Artesa redwood deforestation project continue to grow.

3. Artesa should develop only sustainable vineyards on agricultural lands, not forestland.
Artesa's vineyards do not belong in redwood forests. Artesa can develop new vineyards at alternative locations without redwood deforestation.

Recent signatures


    1. Public opposes cutting down redwood forest to plant wine grapes

      In the past two years, over 180,000 people have signed petitions on opposing the destruction of California redwood forest for vineyard development.

      For more information, visit our website:

    2. Reached 5,000 signatures
    3. Court rejects Artesa plan to clearcut California redwoods for vineyard

      Sonoma County Superior Court rejected Artesa Winery's plan to clearcut 154 acres of Northern California redwoods to plant vineyards. Judge Eliott Daum said the state's environmental impact report for the forest-to-vineyard project violates the California Environmental Quality Act.

      This court decision itself doesn’t permanently strike down the permit for the project, but it makes the regulatory path forward more uncertain, slower and burdensome.

      We need to continue our efforts to convince Artesa to find an environmentally suitable alternative site, and sell the current forested site to a conservation-oriented landowner.

      For details, see:

      Court Rejects Plan to Clearcut California Redwoods for Vineyard: Press Release, December 6, 2013

      For Immediate Release: December 6, 2013 Chris Poehlmann, Friends of the Gualala River, (707) 886-5182 Victoria Brandon, Sierra Club Redwood Chapter, (707) 994-1931 Justin Augustine, Center for Biological Diversity, (415) 436-9682 x 302 Court Rejects Plan to Clearcut California Redwoods for Vineyard SANTA ROSA, Calif.

    4. Reached 4,000 signatures
    5. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Rhonda Fitch BALLINGER, TX
      • 9 months ago

      It is time we protect Mother Earth.

    • John Urness ANKENY, IA
      • 9 months ago

      sooner or later we have to acknowledge the failures of humanity...

    • Bev Buswell SEBASTOPOL, CA
      • 9 months ago

      Destroying old redwoods for vineyards is immoral because:

      1) climate crisis (we need the O2), 2) wildlife extinction due to loss of habitat, 3) water conservation in one of the worst drought years in history, 4) it takes hundreds of years to grow a truly mature redwood forest so that loss is irreplaceable in our lifetime, 5) the purpose for destruction of this forest isn't even something necessary for us to live (alcohol consumption).

    • Nestor Berazategui MAIPú, ARGENTINA
      • 9 months ago


    • Fred Leoni HEALDSBURG, CA
      • 9 months ago

      To help preserve the river and it's fishery.


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