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Sustainable Winegrowing

Sustainable winegrowing practices protect our soil, air and water – elements that breathe life, and ultimately flavor, into our grapes and wines. Being good stewards of the land and good neighbors are principles our wineries and vineyards live by each and every day. Adopting environmentally and socially responsible practices and making them an integral part of how we do business is our way of ensuring the health of our land, our communities and our industry for generations to come.


Being a Sustainable Winegrower Means

producing
Producing High Quality Grapes and Wines
protecting
Protecting the Environment
neighboring
Being a Good Neighbor and Employer
maintaining
Maintaining a Thriving Long-Term Business

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What is Sustainable Winegrowing?
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Key areas of widely adopted sustainable practices:

water
Water Efficiency
energy
Energy Efficiency
pest
Pest Management
soil
Soil Health
waste
Waste Management
wildlife
Wildlife Habitat
contributions
Contributions
supply
Supply Chain

Definitions

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Sustainable

Sustainable winegrowing practices in both vineyards and wineries help California vintners make high quality wines and provide a healthy and beautiful environment for employees, neighbors, and wine country visitors. Sustainable winegrowing can include biodynamic or organic farming practices. Some examples of sustainable practices include:

  • sheep and beneficial birds to control weeds and pests
  • cover crops, drip irrigation and process ponds to conserve water
  • composting, recycling and reuse to minimize waste
  • protecting air and water quality
  • preserving local ecosystems and wildlife habitats
  • practicing environmentally preferred purchasing

For more information, visit: www.sustainablewinegrowing.org


Organic

Wines made with organically grown grapes come from vineyards that follow the guidelines set by the National Organic Program (NOP).

  • no synthetic pesticides or nonorganic chemicals
  • only NOP-approved materials (some synthetic materials are allowed)

Additionally, wines labeled organic cannot have added sulfites to prolong shelf life; they must be certified to contain no more than 10 parts per million.

For more information visit: www.ccof.org the USA’s largest organic certifier.


Biodynamic

Biodynamic farming treats the vineyard as a closed loop, employing organic practices and natural alternatives for eliminating waste and promoting a healthy ecosystem.

  • no synthetic pesticides or nonorganic chemicals
  • compost teas and natural preparations to enrich soil and promote microorganisms
  • insectaries to control pests
  • planting and pruning determined by the phases of the moon

For more information, visit: www.demeter-usa.org