Posted on June 29, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Lents & Associates
MOUNT PLEASANT PROMOTES DOUGLAS CHARLES TO VINEYARD MANAGER
Charles Takes the Reigns of the Winery’s Sustainable Viticulture Practices
Mount Pleasant Estates announces the promotion of Douglas Charles to Vineyard Manager. In this position, Charles will oversee all vineyard operations, including the planting, maintenance and harvesting of all the winery’s vineyards. Charles will also be responsible for Mount Pleasant’s practice of sustainable viticulture; an integrated system of wine-grape growing that is economically viable, socially supportive and ecologically sound.
“Douglas has been instrumental in helping to implement our sustainable farming practices,” said Chuck Dressel, president of Mount Pleasant Estates. “As vineyard manager, Douglas will lead Mount Pleasant in cultivating these practices, which allow us to grow the healthy and delicious grapes that create our award-winning wines.”
Charles has over 15 years of experience in the agriculture industry. For the past four years, he has served as vineyard foreman at Mount Pleasant.
Charles resides in Washington, Mo. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, and he coaches little league soccer with the Washington Soccer Association.
Mount Pleasant Estates, founded in 1859, is located a short distance from St. Louis in Augusta, Missouri, the first government-appointed wine-growing district in the United States. The pioneer in sustainable viticulture for the Missouri wine industry, Mount Pleasant grows 12 grape varieties on 75 acres and its original limestone cellars are still used to age estate-bottled wines and international award-winning Augusta Ports. The winery features a café, where visitors can enjoy casual cuisine and award-wining wines in a serene atmosphere, with spectacular views of the Missouri River Valley. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with extended weekend hours, spring through fall. Call for reservations and more information.
PHOTO CAPTION: Mount Pleasant Estates promotes Douglas Charles of Washington, Mo. to vineyard manager