Inniskillin Wines and StormFisher to Turn Grape Pomace to Fuel



    NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ontario, Nov. 14 /CNW/ -- Inniskillin Wines and
StormFisher Biogas are pleased to announce a partnership to create renewable
electricity from the winery's grape by-products.
    
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    Inniskillin's grape pomace, which is comprised of grape skin and seeds,
will be used to generate clean, renewable electricity. About 1,000 to 2,000
tonnes of by-products that were previously destined to a landfill will be
given a new use as a fuel. As such, the methane gas that is produced by the
decomposition of grape pomace will now be captured and used to generate power
for homes in the Niagara region.
    "This partnership is a win for residential power consumers, a win for
Inniskillin, a win for StormFisher and a win for the environment," said Bruce
Nicholson, senior winemaker at Inniskillin. The partnership demonstrates how
sustainable business practices can benefit the environment and communities
while improving the bottom line by giving new use to what was once a waste
product.
    Vincor Canada, Inniskillin's parent company is committed to sustainable
business practices and was eager to play a role in renewable energy
production. "We love working with partners such as Vincor Canada, that really
understand socially and environmentally sound business practices mean
profitable business practices," said Ryan Little, StormFisher's vice president
of business development. Vincor Canada and StormFisher are exploring potential
expansion of this arrangement to Vincor's other winemaking facilities on the
Niagara Peninsula.
    StormFisher produces renewable energy from food and beverage processing
by-products when it is digested in industrial tanks and either used to
generate electricity or processed as natural gas. Much of Europe's food and
beverage processing by-products are used to generate biogas, and the process
is rapidly gaining favour in North America.
    
    About StormFisher Biogas
    
    StormFisher Biogas is an Ontario-based biogas developer and operator
developing biogas installations across North America.
    StormFisher's biogas plants will produce electricity, natural gas and
heat while reducing waste and greenhouse gas emissions, including highly
polluting methane emissions. Biogas production facilities, called anaerobic
digesters, accelerate the decomposition of organic matter to create a
combination of methane and carbon dioxide. Digesters can produce energy using
a wide range of feedstock materials, from used cooking oils to cow manure.
    StormFisher's operations will reduce farm and food processor disposal
costs, divert valuable organic materials from landfills, and help to combat
climate change by reducing emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas that is 23
times more potent than carbon dioxide. For more information, visit
www.stormfisher.com.
    
    About Inniskillin Wines
    
    Inniskillin Wines, established in 1975 by co-founders Donald Ziraldo and
Karl Kaiser, is Canada's premier estate winery producing truly distinctive and
elegant wines from premium grape varieties grown in Canada that rank among the
world's finest. Inniskillin has vineyards in the Niagara Peninsula in Ontario
and the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. Inniskillin has gained
international recognition for its award winning Icewines, which, as the number
one selling wine in duty free stores, can be found in over 40 countries around
the world. Inniskillin is proud of the role it has played and continues to
play as one of the rising stars in bringing recognition to Canada as part of
the international success of Canadian wines. Inniskillin's parent company,
Vincor Canada, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Constellation Brands, Inc.,
(NYSE:   STZ, ASX: CBR). For more information about Inniskillin Wines, visit
www.inniskillin.com.




For further information:

For further information: Bruce Nicholson of Inniskillin, +1-905-468-2187
 Ext 306; or Mike Martin, +1-585-218-3669, or Angie Blackwell,
+1-585-218-3842,  both of Constellation Brands; or Ryan Little of StormFisher,
+1-416-850-6804  Ext. 203 Web Site: http://www.inniskillin.com

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