Glasshaus Wines began with the simple goal to make great wine for the greater good. This was the mission created by New England native Rodney Gagnon, founder and winemaker, who moved to Petaluma in 2011 after a stint in the wine capital of the world, Bordeaux France.
Adding to his Boston University Wine Appreciation & Business Studies, Rodney's Bordeaux experience consisted of all facets of wine production, from land to label. After returning from abroad, he complimented his hands-on experience with a winemaking certificate from UC Davis.
A Community Supported Winery
Glasshaus is a for-profit venture combining the principles of community supported agriculture (CSA) with the purpose of a benefit corporation (B-Corp). Our contributing members pledge in advance to cover the anticipated costs of winegrowing and winemaking. In return, they receive guaranteed Shares of our artisanal, small-batch production, 100% transparency during the winegrowing and winemaking process, as well as the satisfaction gained from supporting their local community.
What Do You Stand For?
That is a question we feel is not asked enough from the companies that sell us goods and services and benefit from our willingness to live transparently due to our need to connect with one another. So, let us be one of the first wine companies to truthfully (without marketing-speak) answer that question and offer the same level of transparency. Here are the words we live by.
Great Wine. Greater Good.™ Manifesto
PURPOSE: We are a socially responsible company determined to make a real and lasting difference in the world. We value product and purpose over profit and believe that our efforts must be focused and accountable. We believe in using business for Good, not using Good because it's good business.
EXCELLENCE: We are fanatical about only making great stuff that truly matters. Everything must have a purpose. Less is not more, less is better. Our products must rise above the sea of mediocre things with fancy facades.
COMMUNITY: We are building a tribe who prefers quality over quantity. We believe that community members and friends are the same thing. We strive to educate, entertain, engage, and inspire. We measure success by the strength of our community and the amount of Good we create not by the size of our margins.
INTEGRITY: We say what we do and do what we say. We live honestly, openly and without fear. There is only one truth and the only thing worth speaking. Our character is measured by our actions when no one is watching.
MORE: We strive to always learn more, give more, live more and be more. We believe that our best selves are yet to be discovered and we are all role models. We live our lives as examples worthy of imitation not condemnation. We fight for what’s right so we are not forced to live in a world forged by wrongs.