We are driven by the desire to create a healthy and diverse ecosystem for all plants, insects and animal life, which in turn creates a better place for grapes, and at the same time results in the highest quality wines.
We are proud to have 185 acres of vineyards within Dry Creek Valley & Russian River Valley that are 100% Certified Sustainable. While we employ many sustainable practices in the vineyard these are our top priorities:
Growing cover crops like clover and bell beans helps rebuild depleted soil by releasing bound nutrients in the soil and minimizing the need to import fertilizer. Mature cover crops are tilled into the earth where they break down to form nourishing organic material. By using special seed blends that flower at different times, we also attract beneficial insects that help control pest insect populations.
Our composting practice includes all organic material generated from harvest. This reduces the need for synthetic fertilizers as well as improving quality of our soil.
Despite their importance to global and local ecosystems, honey bee populations are declining rapidly. Beekeeping at our winery helps support our local population while enhancing the eco-system for our vineyard.
Use of deficit irrigation has led to the virtual dry farming of some vineyards. Wherever possible our water systems are designed to capture flood water or runoff instead of using the underground water table. Precise watering also helps optimize fruit quality.
BLUEBIRD HOUSES, BAT HOUSES, OWL BOXES & RAPTOR PERCHES:
The winery provides specialized housing and perches designed to encourage birds of prey to adopt our vineyards as their feeding ground. Redtail hawks and barn owls do a great job of controlling gopher and other rodent populations, without the need for chemical deterrents.
FISH HABITAT RESTORATION:
The winery is an integral partner with the Sonoma County Water Agency in the Dry Creek Habitat Enhancement Project along the Dry Creek. This critical project will provide a needed habitat for endangered Coho salmon and Steelhead trout. Improving our fish and creek habitat means we can create an overall healthy ecosystem.
STATE OF THE ART EQUIPMENT:
Weather stations, neutron probes and leaf bombs enhance quality, reduce water consumption and maximize other viticultural practices.