Dry Creek Vineyard Achieves Certified California Sustainable Winery Designation
Building upon a foundation first established by winery partner Don Wallace in the 1980s, Dry Creek Vineyard has received official recognition as a Certified California Sustainable Winery.
“Dry Creek Vineyard has long been one of Sonoma County’s pioneering wineries,” said Karissa Kruse, President of the Sonoma County Winegrowers. ”Sonoma County’s winegrowers and vintners put a bold stake in the ground to become the nation’s first 100% sustainable wine region by 2019 and we’re proud that one of our storied, nationally-recognized wineries is leading by example.”
The path toward sustainability at Dry Creek Vineyard began more than 20 years ago with winery partner Don Wallace. Early on, Don recognized the need to reduce the winery’s carbon footprint through more earth friendly vineyard practices. ”I am proud of what we have accomplished at the winery,” says Don. ”From solar power for energy needs, to our comprehensive recycling programs and water reduction plans, this has been a true team effort by all of the winery employees.”
Commenting on the winery’s achievement, Allison Jordan, Executive Director for the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance says that sustainability is an ongoing process that is constantly evolving over time. ”Certification is a great achievement, requiring a company to not only conduct an annual evaluation of their operations and to meet prerequisites, but also to determine a set of goals based on their region, operation and other factors. Therefore they can focus their resources on the practices that will make the most difference for their company, the environment and the community, while continually improving year after year.”
President Kim Stare Wallace has seen the results of the winery’s sustainable business practices firsthand. “As a lifelong resident of the Dry Creek Valley, it’s so gratifying to witness improved health and harmony of wildlife and plant life in our region. There’s definitely been a shift that we can attribute to our sustainable farming practices. Don and I have the same vision – leave the winery in a better place for our children and the next generation.”