Our commitment to sustainability extends from a broad foundation to very specific implementations. It encompasses our responsibility to the environment, stewardship of our land, and our dedication to the protectors of that land.
First and foremost, sustainability means finding ways to minimize the impact of our business on the environment. For us, it starts with the health of our land and our plant resources. We use owl boxes and traps for rodent control. We use beneficial insects and pheromones whenever possible as biologically intensive approaches to further pest control. We plant around oaks, we use organic compost, and we use only soft, synthetic crop protection compounds.
We recognize that water is as valuable as any of our resources. We collect tail water in retention ponds. We use micro sprinklers for frost protection. We manage drainage courses and use cover crops for positive erosion control.
Sustainability is about skilled people in the vineyard who understand the soils, the grape vines and the weather, and about taking care of those people. This care and attention includes night harvesting to enhance fruit quality (and worker productivity), encouraging healthy workplace activities, like stretching prior to each shift, and providing medical insurance and safety training for the long-term health of our workers.
Being true to our sustainability objectives means constant mindfulness of everything we do and finding ways to do it better. We work closely with the Vineyard Team’s SIP program (Sustainability In Practice) for auditing, best practices sharing and industry leadership.
We continue to learn each and every year. We listen carefully to our winery customers and are always willing to try new ideas from progressive winemakers and other viticulturists.
This commitment yields synergistic results. Great wine starts from this intimate relationship with the land and those that profit from its use. Our goal is to make sure we maximize the potential of our three outstanding vineyard sites, while honoring our environment.