The term "sustainable"
encompasses practices and concerns that extend beyond our
Sustainability ensures long-term health of the entire ecological
system by promoting and maintaining the biodiversity of plants and
animals, conservation of natural resources and supporting the
viability of the agricultural community for generations to
Our ecological efforts include allowing areas of land to remain
in a natural, pristine state to support indigenous plant and
wildlife. In the vineyards we minimize the use of synthetic
substances by substituting or augmenting them with age-old methods
such as natural predation to help control insects and animals that
are harmful to the vines. These practices help to limit
environmental impact, increase soil and plant health and vigor, and
result in higher quality fruit.
Natural resources and energy conservation are served by water
reclamation and reuse. Solar power contributes to lower energy use,
improved air quality and a smaller carbon footprint. (One of our
family's refrigeration systems, assembled and installed in-house,
consists of nearly 5000 solar panels that produce close to one
million watts of electrical power.)
As active members of the Central Coast Vineyard Team, we are
establishing and defining sustainable guidelines and educating the
larger grower community to help keep the land productive,
profitable and vital for many years. In many instances, we are
sharing farming practices that our family has employed for three
We continuously seek to explore opportunities beyond the
vineyard. We partner with producers of our packaging materials to
increase the use of recycled, recyclable and biodegradable
materials in the manufacture of glass, closures and labels.
Company Winery Operations are CERTIFIED CALIFORNIA
SUSTAINABLE WINEGROWING - a partnership between the Wine Institute
& CA Association of Winegrape Growers.