- Bonterra Organic Estates, a renowned winery, has dedicated a special parcel of land within the Butler Ranch in Mendocino County as the ‘Paul Dolan Block’ in honor of former CEO and visionary winemaker Paul Dolan.
- The dedication took place during an educational workshop in April, organized by Bonterra Organic Estates and the Regenerative Organic Alliance, where Dolan delivered a keynote speech.
- Dolan’s remarkable career at Bonterra Organic Estates spanned 27 years, during which he championed sustainable and organic farming practices, shaping the winery’s identity as a leader in organic wine production.
- The ‘Paul Dolan Block’ serves as a tribute to Dolan’s unwavering commitment to organic viticulture and his profound impact on the wine industry.
Introduction: Celebrating Paul Dolan’s Legacy
Bonterra Organic Estates proudly announces the dedication of the ‘Paul Dolan Block,’ an exceptional parcel of Petite Sirah located within the renowned Butler Ranch in Mendocino County, California. This dedication commemorates the immense contributions of Paul Dolan, former CEO and visionary winemaker, whose commitment to organic viticulture transformed the industry.
Dolan’s Journey and Impact
Paul Dolan’s journey with Bonterra Organic Estates (formerly Fetzer Vineyards) began in 1977 when he joined as a winemaker. Over the course of his remarkable 27-year career, Dolan’s dedication and passion steered the company’s growth. As a visionary leader and trailblazing winemaker, he firmly believed in the profound connection between exceptional wine and a deep reverence for nature. During an era when the concept of “organic” was still nascent, Dolan championed sustainable agriculture and embraced organic, biodynamic, and regenerative organic practices.
Dolan’s conviction in the power of organic farming led to the planting of the winery’s first organic grapevines in the late 1980s, laying the foundation for the renowned Bonterra brand, which has become a leader in organic wine production.
Honoring Dolan’s Legacy: The Paul Dolan Block
The dedication of the ‘Paul Dolan Block’ at Butler Ranch is an unequivocal tribute to Dolan’s leadership and unwavering commitment. The block is located within the Regenerative Organic Certified® mountain vineyard, offering breathtaking views of the Dolan family’s Dark Horse Ranch. It serves as a lasting symbol of Dolan’s influence and vision for organic viticulture.
Giancarlo Bianchetti, CEO of Bonterra Organic Estates, acknowledges Dolan’s pivotal role in acquiring Butler Ranch and his vision for planting Rhone varietals, which stands as a testament to his legacy. Dolan’s lifelong dedication to advancing organic viticulture continues to inspire the company as they carry forward his vision through the Paul Dolan Block.
Dolan’s Passing and Lasting Impact
Tragically, Paul Dolan passed away on June 26. Throughout his five-decade-long career, he inspired and educated countless individuals with his unwavering belief that farming must serve life. Dolan’s impact has left an indelible mark on the wine industry and the Mendocino County community.
The Paul Dolan Block will stand as a lasting tribute to Dolan’s legacy, ensuring that future generations recognize his profound contributions to organic viticulture.
About Bonterra Organic Estates
Bonterra Organic Estates, part of global powerhouse Viña Concha y Toro, is the largest Regenerative Organic Certified® winery in the United States. Founded by Barney Fetzer in 1968 as Fetzer Vineyards and based in Mendocino County, California, the winery is known for its excellence, innovation, and commitment to the environment and responsible business practices. Bonterra Organic Estates focuses on crafting wines made from organic and Regenerative Organic Certified® grapes and is a leading marketer of wines in the U.S., as well as the primary importer of South American wines. Recognized as an “Outstanding” B Corp by nonprofit B Lab, Bonterra Organic Estates is dedicated to the transformational goals of regenerative business practices.