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What we taste in a great bottle of wine is often the result of where the grapes are grown and how they are maintained - referred to as terrior or "taste of place".

In doing this, we also make it our mission to be as environmentally-friendly as possible....

Our winery is built with a green design that is solar powered. We also positioned the building on an East/West axis so the hot summer sun is only on the roof.

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    Water Management

    Our estate grown Zinfandel vines are now 45 years old and completely dry farmed. The combination of maturity and no irrigation, aside from mother nature, forces the vines to struggle a bit and seek water deeper into the soils.

    By stretching their root systems through many layers of soil, a variety of minerals and nutrients are brought into the grapes. The grapes produced by these vines are smaller with a higher skin to juice ratio. This allows us to make highly concentrated wines, dense with flavor and texture. Additionally, our vines are self-regulating in that they will not over crop. We get smaller yields but higher quality grapes from these vineyards.

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    Cover Crops

    Come fall, the grapes have been harvested, the vines are entering dormancy, and the soils need to be replenished. Cover crops are a great way to have a large impact in the vineyard naturally. In between the rows of vines, we plant a variety of cover crops to help the soil with water retention and erosion. The added vegetation attracts healthy insects, promoting ecological balance in the vineyards. In the spring, we till the cover crops into the earth, adding much needed nutrients back into the soil.

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    We use pomace, the skins leftover from winemaking, to keep dust down from our vineyard roads. By controlling dust, fine particles are prevented from becoming airborne, which can cause health issues and damage vegetation. Pomace is also an effective mulch against weeds and helps keep moisture in the soil. When tilled back in, pomace provides additional organic material and nutrients into the vineyard.

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    Owl Boxes

    As part of our pest management program, we built owl boxes to attract our feathered friends into the vineyards. By providing a safe place for the owls to reside, we can help to increase the declining barn owl population in our area. An owl family can consume upwards of 2,000 rodents per year, which also helps lessen our use of pesticides and chemicals.

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    Corks & Bottles

    Did you know cork oak forests make a significant contribution to the quality of the air we breathe? A cork oak tree lives for up to 200 years and within its lifetime, it becomes a massive storehouse of CO2, which helps reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

    Our cork supplier recently honored us with a certificate highlighting our contribution to sequestering 24.6 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere - equivalent to what 1,025 trees would capture in a year! The findings are the only ones to date that underwent a multi-closure comparative peer review.

    We are also in the process of switching to lighter wine bottles to help reduce waste in packaging. Lighter bottles are an impactful way to reduce our carbon footprint by decreasing greenhouse gases.

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    A large part of making a winery sustainable means recycling everything we possibly can. Our philosophy of returning to the earth all that we take from it ensures that the winery and vineyards will be healthy and fruitful for generations to come. This includes...

    • MOG (Material Other than Grapes) is used for fertilizer in the vineyards.
    • Bottles, boxes, corks, capsules, and foils, some of which are taken by local artists for various projects.
    • Our "Wine On Tap" program utilizes refillable bottles and is an excellent way to cut down on waste. Bring in your Andis Carafe for a refill for just $20.

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