May 31, 2016

Jack London State Historic Park Reinforces Partnership with Kenwood Vineyards

Sonoma, June 2, 2016….Jack London State Historic Park and Kenwood Vineyards, neighbors in Glen Ellen, California announced today a reinforced and deeper partnership honoring Jack London, the famous author/adventurer/sustainable farmer who inspires both organizations. Kenwood Vineyards is pledging $315,000 over the next three years to support Jack London State Historic Park with funds to continue the stabilization of the historic winery ruins, community events, stewardship days, staff membership, and wine donations for the park’s fundraisers. In addition to their significant financial support to the Park, Kenwood Vineyards will honor Jack London’s legacy during the park’s 2016 Centennial Celebration with the re-release of their 2006 Jack London Cabernet Sauvignon from their private cellar. Eric Thomson, Vice President of Marketing for Kenwood Vineyards states, “Labeled in a striking full-bottle silkscreen of London’s “wolf” icon, this wine marked the 30th vintage from our Jack London series and we couldn’t think of a better tribute to Jack London and the long standing relationship we have had with his beloved ranch.”

In regards to the partnership, Eric goes on to say, “Jack London State Park provides an incredibly important link to the history of Sonoma. The park acts as both a showcase for this region’s breathtaking beauty as well as providing one of the most unique cultural experiences in the United States. We see Kenwood Vineyards as stewards for Sonoma and believe that partnering with and supporting the park both financially and through stewardship days helps to ensure that this special place will be appreciated for years to come.”

Tjiska Van Wyk, Executive Director, Jack London Park Partners adds, “We couldn’t be happier about having Kenwood Vineyards as a partner whose support will continue to make the park thrive. It has always been a source of pride for us that Kenwood Vineyards sources grapes from Beauty Ranch vineyards and we feel a special connection with the winery. Curl up with a copy of Jack London’s “Valley of the Moon” and a glass of wine from Kenwood Winery’s Jack London Vineyard series. In the book, you’ll get a feel for London’s love of the land he came to call home. In the wine, you’ll get a taste of that same ground’s capacity for producing wines as bold, vital, and renowned as their namesake.”

For going on 40 years, Kenwood has honored Jack London with grapes sourced from the property he once farmed. And like London, Kenwood demonstrates a more sustainable approach to farming, pioneering soil conservation techniques.”

Introduced from Kenwood Vineyards with the 1977 vintage, the superb quality of the wines from this legendary property have become among the most successful single-vineyard series in California wine history.

The 100th Anniversary limited edition wine will be sold at Kenwood’s tasting room and through www.kenwoodvineyards.com online store.

About Jack London State Historic Park
Part of the allure of Sonoma Valley is Jack London State Historic Park boasting over 30 miles of hiking trails throughout the Park’s 1400 acres including, magnificent vistas and historic buildings from the time the famous writer/adventurer Jack London called this his home. There are artifacts from Jack London’s world travels, exhibits that highlight his writings (Jack London was the first American author to make a million dollars!) and examples of his innovative experiment with methods of sustainable farming from one hundred years ago. From the ruins of a 19th Century Winery to an amazing 14-foot diameter Redwood Tree estimated to be almost 2,000 years old or the 400 year old tree under which Jack London wrote, to the cottage where he lived and the ruins of the mansion he was building, this is a diverse park to explore as well as a historical landmark and museum to discover. More information can be found at www.jacklondonpark.com