Here’s to the Future Generations

January 10, 2022

Starlings flocking from Oak Tree

With each New Year, we take time to reflect on the past – from the accomplishments we rejoiced to the hurdles we had to overcome. We are grateful for a new year to look forward to. As we think ahead to a new season of growth, we focus on sustainability/ we look to sustainability to help us thrive. When we think of sustainability, we look at what will help us thrive for another three generations; how we can continue to farm the best quality grapes while sustaining our business and our land while enriching the lives of those that work here and those who enjoy our wines around the world.

We consider our estate as an integrated vineyard and winery ecosystem and focus on the following elements to build resilience within it.

Our approach to sustainability

Our approach is to consider our whole operation as one integrated ecosystem. (Building off of the three pillars of sustainability- environmental, economic, and social equity.) We seek to build resilience into our operation, reducing our dependence on outside resources. Examples of this approach include everything from solar panels which reduce our dependence on energy made elsewhere to composting our grape pomace which reduces our need to buy fertilizer. We have restored creek areas for fish habitat, we provide boxes for bats, owls, and blue bluebirds, and plant cover crop to attract beneficial insects. We use materials with recycled content whenever possible, recycle our winery water in the vineyard, and employ many other energy-saving practices across our business.
The sustainability of our operation relies on an experienced workforce. We are proud that many of our employees have worked with us for 20 to 30 years. We are glad to call them family. They lend another level of consistency and quality to our product through their attention to detail and knowledge.

Why Is Supporting Sustainability Important?

As our sole source of grapes, our estate vineyards define our wines. Everything begins here. For over fifty years, we have been students of this land, and the more we learn, the more questions we have!. Today, we farm at a level of detail that would have been unimaginable three generations ago. And yet, every harvest reveals more about the singular characteristics of each individual vineyard block and the vine rows within it. Our awe for this place, and its unending complexity is undiminished and we hope that you can taste the vineyard and the vintage in the wines that we craft.

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