Gaston, OR (June 8, 2017) – Cherry Hill LLC dba Patton Valley Vineyard, a small producer of fine, hand-crafted wines in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, announced today that it was certified as a B Corporation. Patton Valley joins A to Z Wineworks, Sokol Blosser Winery and Winderlea Vineyard & Winery as just the fourth winery to achieve this status in Oregon. This prestigious designation is awarded to companies which use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems and meet higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability.
With only 5 full time employees and an average production of just 5000 cases it takes a great deal of dedication to reach this high mark of stewardship. In order to become a Certified B Corporation, B Lab, the nonprofit that certifies and supports B Corporations, conducts a rigorous evaluation. Patton Valley Vineyard met the comprehensive performance standards to qualify for certification. Now, unlike traditional corporations, Patton Valley joins the rich community of Certified B Corporations and will be legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their employees, suppliers, community, consumers, and environment.
For Patton Valley, this is just the beginning.
Becoming a B Corporation was a logical progression for Patton Valley. The business has long strived to be responsible participants in the community, having previously been certified as a sustainable vineyard by the LIVE organization in 2004, and sustainable winery in 2010.
About Patton Valley Vineyard
In 1995, having dreamt for over 10 years of planting Pinot Noir in Oregon, and having seen some 50 different parcels of land, college friends Monte Pitt and Dave Chen purchased a 72-acre abandoned hillside orchard, overlooking the Patton Valley, in the small and unlikely town of Gaston. The crest of the hill would provide the site for the original 24 acres of the Patton Valley Estate Vineyard.
Today, the vineyard is 30 acres of clonally-diverse Pinot noir and our mission remains unchanged; to responsibly and sustainably grow the Willamette Valley’s finest grapes and make beautiful wines that reflect the character of the land and of the people who produce them. Our commitment to preserving the vitality of our land is unwavering. For more information email or visit us at www.pattonvalley.com.
About B Corporations
Certified B Corporations are leaders of a global movement of people using business as a force for good. They meet the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability and aspire to use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. There are more than 2,000 Certified B Corporations in over 130 industries and 50 countries with 1 unifying goal – to redefine success in business.
About B Lab
B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good. Its vision is that one day all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the Best for the World® and as a result society will enjoy a more shared and durable prosperity. B Lab drives this systemic change by: 1.) Building a global community of Certified B Corporations who meet the highest standards of verified, overall social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability; 2.) Promoting Mission Alignment using innovative corporate structures like the benefit corporation to align the interests of business with those of society and to help high impact businesses be built to last; 3.) Helping tens of thousands of businesses, investors, and institutions Measure What Matters, by using the B Impact Assessment and B Analytics to manage their impact — and the impact of the businesses with whom they work — with as much rigor as their profits; 4.) Inspiring millions to join the movement through compelling story-telling by B the Change Media.