Stop Wineries from Destroying CA Redwoods and Native American Heritage
  • Petitioned CalFIRE

This petition was delivered to:

CEO, Artesa Winery
Mike Kenton
General Manager, Codorniu, S.A.
Xavier Pages
Founder & Principal Managing Director, Premier Pacific Vineyards
Richard Wollack
President, CalPERS Board of Administration
Rob Feckner
Sonoma County Board of Supervisors
Efren Carrillo

Stop Wineries from Destroying CA Redwoods and Native American Heritage

    1. Marie Ciccarone
    2. Petition by

      Marie Ciccarone

      Los Angeles, CA

Please encourage our elected officials to help us stop Codorniu’s Artesa Napa Winery and Premier Pacific Vineyards from destroying coastal redwood forest and Native American heritage for financial gain.


In northern California, near the town of Annapolis in Sonoma County, there is a redwood forest that has been trying to replenish itself after taking a huge hit from logging in the past century. If, starting now, we prevent further environmental damage and allow the forest the time it needs to repair itself, it will recover.  Through these redwoods runs the Gualala River; it contains endangered salmon, a vital part of the area’s ecosystem. 

Two wineries, Artesa Napa Winery and Premier Pacific Vineyards, are proposing to clear-cut over 1,900 acres of these redwoods to be replaced by their vineyards.

In addition to its environmental significance, this area also holds great spiritual and cultural significance to a tribe of Native Americans, the Kashia Pomo, who still live there and regard it as a blessed place where their ancestors lived.  

This area under threat is home to more than 50 rare and sensitive plant and animal species, and salmon are struggling to survive.  If the proposals of these vineyards succeed, pressure for further development will increase, the salmon face extinction and the entire ecosystem will suffer a blow too catastrophic to recover from.

This is the farthest thing from what this recovering ecosystem and its people need at this crucial stage of recovery.


I strongly oppose:

1.     the project near Annapolis, California, the “Artesa Napa – Fairfax vineyard project”, Codorniu Napa's Artesa Winery's proposition to destroy over 140 acres of coastal redwood forest above endangered salmon streams to develop new vineyards that would permanently eliminate forested watershed area,

2.     Premier Pacific Vineyards’ “Preservation Ranch” plan to cultivate more Pinot Noir grapes and build 60 high-end estates on adjacent lands it already owns, destroying thousands of acres of redwoods and

3.     the conversion of redwood forests to vineyards above the Gualala River, including the Artesa project, as there are comparable profitable alternative locations available for vineyard development that do not require permanent destruction of redwood forests or degradation of salmon streams by alteration to intensive agriculture. Artesa Napa and its parent company, Codorniu, as well as Premier Pacific Vineyards, will receive unfavorable publicity with the creation of environmentally damaging vineyards constructed out of California redwood forests.


We are calling on Codorniu to withdraw the Artesa project proposal, as stated in a recent letter by a coalition of local organizations. If Codorniu takes this action, it can set a precedent for the much larger Preservation Ranch project to reconsider its proposal.

In addition, we call on the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors to take a stand that they do not support cutting down irreplaceable forests to develop wineries in their jurisdiction. An early statement of their position will go a long way in stopping these destructive projects.






Recent signatures


    1. Huge forest-to-vine project near Annapolis threatened

      Marie Ciccarone
      Petition Organizer

      GREAT news, everyone! CalPERS (California Public Employees' Retirement System), one of the petitionees, decided to drop Premier Pacific Vineyards from their investment portfolio. Click on the blue link below to read the article!

      To each and every one of you who signed this and spread the word about it, thank you so much. You are part of the reason we are one step closer to protecting these redwoods and their surrounding ecosystem!


    2. Please post on Artesa's Facebook wall and let them know your concerns!

      Marie Ciccarone
      Petition Organizer

      Let's continue our rally! Post on Artesa's Facebook wall (Click on "More at" link below). Tell them why they should stop their destructive plans. PLEASE remember to keep the tone respectful and polite. If you want sample wording, here are two options:
      1) I'm an (Annapolis/Sonoma/California resident etc.), and I am appalled to learn that Artesa Vineyards is planning to destroy 140 acres of redwood forest to grow Pinot grapes. Do the right thing and reconsider this plan.
      2) I'm a fan of Pinot Noir, but I think good wine isn't worth clearing valuable redwood forests! Please listen to the protest and reconsider your plans to destroy forests by developing an Artesa vineyard near Annapolis, California.

      Companies monitor their Facebook pages carefully, which means your post could make a big difference. Thank you for taking action!

    3. Over 7300 signatures in the last two days!

      Marie Ciccarone
      Petition Organizer

      WOW! Our number of signatures just quadrupled in the last two days, so this is REALLY exciting! Please continue to share this petition and keep its momentum going, and thanks again to everyone for signing it!

    4. Reached 9,000 signatures
    5. Keep it going, everyone!

      Marie Ciccarone
      Petition Organizer

      We're on week #3 and we're almost up to 2000 signatures. Thanks to all of you for signing, and please spread the word!

    6. Reached 1,500 signatures
    7. One week later and great momentum!

      Marie Ciccarone
      Petition Organizer

      WOW! I can't believe we've achieved 781 signatures in just one week's time! Fantastic! Thanks so much for your signatures, and feel free to forward the petition link to any and all, so that we can get even more!

    8. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Nelson Brooke BIRMINGHAM, AL
      • almost 2 years ago

      Rare old growth vs. more wine in a sea of grapes?? Easy choice. Native America!

    • Arielle Wildman LEESBURG, VA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I believe that California has enough wineries. The Natives must regain their ancestral homelands.

    • Adam Visco BERWYN, IL
      • about 2 years ago

      The forest grew up right where it belongs...

      • about 2 years ago

      For Sacred reasons, respect and Sacred Trees

    • Jacqueline Segura LAKE CHARLES, LA
      • about 2 years ago

      There is no need to cut these trees down. Find some place else.


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