St. Francis Winery & Vineyards Partners with Canine Companions to Raise $100,000

Service dog seating in wineyardsSanta Rosa, CA (March 16, 2021) —St. Francis Winery & Vineyards has launched “For the Love of Dogs and Great Wine,” a nationwide campaign supporting Canine Companions®, a non-profit organization providing service dogs to people with disabilities. Effective immediately, for every bottle of St. Francis wine purchased, the winery will donate $1.00 (up to $100,000) to the organization.

A certified sustainable, family-owned winery producing award-winning wines in Sonoma County, CA, St. Francis Winery & Vineyards honors its namesake, St. Francis of Assisi (the patron saint of animals and the environment) by supporting respected animal charities such as Canine Companions. The winery is proud to partner with Canine Companions in its mission to provide professionally trained service dogs to those who need them most.

“Partnership between Canine Companions and St. Francis Winery and Vineyards is a natural fit,” says Paige Mazzoni, Canine Companions CEO. “St. Francis is the patron saint of animals, and the winery that bears his name will have a significant impact on our clients through life-changing service dogs. We are truly grateful that St. Francis Winery and Vineyards is raising awareness and financial support for our mission. This partnership will impact the lives of many people with disabilities by ensuring we can provide them service dogs to open up new opportunities for them.”

Canine Companions breeds, raises, and trains service dogs and provides a lifetime of follow-up services, completely free of charge to adults, children, and veterans with disabilities. Their dogs are trained to perform practical tasks that enhance independence and reduce reliance on others, such as alerting people to important sounds, aiding veterans with traumatic brain injury and PTSD, and easing trauma victims during stressful police investigations. This powerful relationship between human and dog leads to increased independence, confidence, and inclusion for a person with a disability.

More information about the partnership can be found here: https://www.cci.org/stfrancis.

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About St. Francis Winery and Vineyards:

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards is a 100% Certified Sustainable producer of award-winning wines based in the Sonoma Valley, American Viticultural Area (AVA) of Sonoma County, California. Owned by the Kopf family, this eco-friendly winery utilizes a variety of sustainable practices throughout its business model including green agricultural strategies, growth-focused business initiatives, and charitable investment within the local community. The winery was named for St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of nature and ecology, as an homage to the first California vineyards planted by Franciscan missionaries in the mid-1800s. The winery has been developing its viticulture practices in Sonoma County since its founding in 1971. Today, wine production is led by Winemakers Katie Madigan and Chris Louton at the Santa Rosa-based winery and tasting room facilities. St. Francis Winery & Vineyards owns four estate vineyards within Sonoma County and maintains strong relationships with exceptional growers throughout the region.

About Canine Companions for Independence:

Canine Companions is the largest non-profit provider of trained assistance dogs with six regional training centers across the country. Established in 1975, Canine Companions provides professionally trained assistance dogs to children and adults with disabilities and is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. There is no charge for the dog, its training and on-going follow-up services. For more information, visit cci.org or call 1-800-572-BARK.