“Sustainability is not the destination – sustainability is the journey. We are constantly adjusting our business practices as we improve our knowledge of how to better exist within nature.”
A fourth generation descendant of a California farming family, Don Wallace has been the driving force working to implement sustainable farming practices at Dry Creek Vineyard. His efforts and direction have established Dry Creek Vineyard as a leader in the movement in Dry Creek Valley and the industry as a whole.
As a board member of the California Wine Institute, he suggested early on to his fellow board members a new path toward farming – one that was much more in tune with creating a symbiotic relationship in the vineyard. Don argued for the use of fewer pesticides, less spraying and more cover cropping to create a biologically diverse ecosystem. That meant more beneficial pests, construction of owl boxes and raptor perches, and many more earth-friendly farming practices. This launched a new direction for the future that has dramatically impacted not only the winery but the entire way that we farm in Sonoma County.
Using processes, systems and activities to reduce the environmental impact of our facilities, products and operations.
Using resources in an efficient and responsible way to allow us to continue our family ownership and independence.
Protecting and empowering our employees and surrounding community through education and stewardship.
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. Our commitment to sustainable agriculture and minimal off-farm consumption is multifaceted. Advancements in viticultural technology go hand-in-hand with respectfully managing our space on this planet. Our ultimate goal is to turn our vineyards over to the third generation in even better condition than they are today. We are constantly pushing for techniques that will benefit the quality of our wine and the quality of our lives and those of future generations.