Both large and small projects, sustainability is always top of mind.
We are committed to a healthy environment by returning pieces of our family estate to their native state. We uprooted a Tokay vineyard our grandfather planted and removed invasive plant species from creeks and sloughs. In the place of the vineyard and invasive plants, we introduced native oaks, wild roses, buckeyes, willows, box elders and elderberry bushes.
Taking advantage of the sunny San Joaquin Valley, we have installed photovoltaic solar systems at our viticulture headquarters, several agricultural water pumps and our winery. At 225kW, our winery system is the most robust and features bi-facial solar panels over our crushpad.
Much of our marketing is web-based but there continues to be a need for printed materials, from brochures to tasting notes. We use the highest post-consumer recycled content whenever possible, providing the quality of the project is not compromised.
We recognize that when the environment is healthy and stable, so are our vineyards. The presence of wildlife is encouraged in the vineyards by the introduction and preservation of native grasses and trees, and the placement of nesting boxes for owls, birds, and bats.
Winegrapes use less water than most crops; nonetheless, we constantly monitor soil moisture with a Neutron Probe, and regulate water usage through Low Volume Drip Irrigation. These two techniques allow us to manage when and where to irrigate, and help maintain our most precious resource.
When we must spray, we utilize custom-built electrostatic sprayers that cover four rows at once. This ensures that every ounce of substance we spray is applied to the vines, and it decreases the number of passes in vineyard rows – keeping both human and environmental impact to a minimum.