Sustainable farming is the best way we can think of to keep our land vibrant for generations to come. By finding the right balance in the vineyards, our soils are alive and rich in nutrients. We have a thriving and diverse ecosystem--from ladybugs and earthworms in the soil to the rich wildlife that roams the ranch--and the quality of our fruit is just the way we want it. Our partner-growers also embrace this philosophy, and take their responsibly as stewards of the land as seriously as we do. For us, sustainablity is a way of life that considers every living being on the farm.
To best achieve the balance we seek, we eschew the use of pesticides entirely and keep the use of herbicides to a bare minimum. Rather than dusting with copper sulfate to prevent against rot and mildew (as most growers do), we work with micronized sulfur, which allows us to use targeted treatments only when absolutely necessary. In the cellar, we recycle all used grape must, discarded stems, and old lees into compost, which serve as a natural and nutrient-rich fertilizer for the vines. In addition, we also mulch our vine cuttings and incorporate them back into the soil. To conserve on fossil fuels and best protect the vines, our crop is entirely harvested by hand. Timed drip irrigation reduces the amount of water needed for the vineyards--an essential contribution in California's on-going water crisis. To further reduce our footprint, we installed solar panels at the ranch, which power the entire winery. While we are proud of the work we have done, we are constantly aiming higher with each passing year, ever-passionate about finding new ways to improve!
To learn more about the individual vineyards we farm and source from, click here.