Véronique Raskin, Founder and President of the Organic Wine Company, San Francisco, was born and raised in the South of France. For many generations her ancestors owned land in the Languedoc region, close to the historic walled city of Carcassone.
Véronique attended the University of Toulouse, and
originally came to this country as a psychology graduate
in 1973 to meet Dr. Ida Rolf, study her work "Structural
Integration" and write a Ph.D thesis on it. Soon after accomplishing these goals, she fell in love, married, ran a successful professional practice and made San Francisco her home away from home.
Meanwhile, back in the Languedoc, her 75 year-old grandfather, Pierre Fabre, a Professor of Medicine, was pioneering organic viticulture. He decided to convert the family property, "La Bousquette," to organic methods and to bottle its wine. By 1980 he had accomplished these goals, and had transmitted the organic bug to Véronique. She offered to import the La Bousquette wines into California, to maintain a connection with the family land, and to further her grandfather’s dream. She was passionate about the organic vision, and believed that organic wine was an idea whose time had come.
Little did she know that so many years would go by before these wines and the spirit they represent would begin to get the recognition they deserve. Her passion, however, has never diminished.
Our Mission Statement
At the Organic Wine Company, our mission is to connect with our fellow man, especially those who are involved in and living an organic life style: eating organically-produced foods, eschewing genetically-modified products, exercising regularly and caring for the Earth.
As part of that discerning lifestyle, many of our friends already enjoy a glass of wine with their meals, as recommended by medical research and experts as part of a healthy diet.
We want everyone to know that they can now enjoy critically-acclaimed organic wines, and we suggest that they look for wines made from CERTIFIED organic grapes: wines artistically crafted by the pioneers of the organic wine movement and bottled at the source by the producers. The label should proudly say, “made with certified organic grapes,” and a logo from an independent certification agency should be displayed.
This is the guarantee that the producers have adhered to strict organic standards in the production of their wines, standards which respect all members of the chain of life.
The certification guarantee also honors the courageous men and women who undertook conversion of their lands to organic practices over 50 years ago, long before it was the popular thing to do.
When our customers choose a wine made from certified organic grapes it sends a clear message: they care about bringing a quality wine to their table to share with their loved ones, and they want to contribute to an important movement that provides pleasure, health and good will to the Earth and all of its inhabitants.
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