The deLeuze family of ZD Wines, located in California’s picturesque Napa Valley, has a history of eco-friendly practices that spans three generations. It all started, however, with bugs. The winery’s late founder, Norman deLeuze, undertook organic farming in the early 80s, after an outbreak of “grape leafhoppers” infested his cabernet sauvignon vineyard. “He called the farm advisor and asked what to do about it,” recalls deLeuze’s son Brett, who manages the business with his mother, Rosa Lee, and brother, Robert. The prescribed pesticide listed several health warnings – one of which discouraged entering the vineyard for three days. The potentially harmful effects alarmed Norman, Brett deLeuze says. “He decided that was the last time he’d ever do that.”

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