We have taken great care to respect the purity of the land by seeking organic certification from the outset. Our estate vineyards are certified by California Organic Farmers (CCOF).
Bees cross-pollinate crops which allow grapes to grow. They are also pollinators for insectaries and help flowers succeed, which in turn draws beneficial predators such as lady beetles, green lacewings, soldier beetles and other bugs.
Our estate features one of only a handful of constructed wetlands in Sonoma County. Wastewater runs through the wetlands before it arrives in the reclamation pond. An ecosystem of beneficial insects and wildlife enjoy the foliage the wetlands provide.
Barn owls are a farmer’s best defense against rodents. A barn owl’s diet consist mainly of small rodents such as moles, mice and rats. Installing barn owl boxes around the vineyard enables us to have natural rodent control. One family of owls eats up to 1,000 rodents each year.
Our reclamation pond recycles 100 percent of winery wastewater for reuse in irrigating vineyards and landscaping on the property. This process eliminates dependence on outside water sources, creating a surplus at the winery and protecting the local aquifer from overuse.
Between the vines we find cover crops very helpful to revitalize the soil, suppress weeds and provide nutrition for the vines. They also help us avoid erosion and aerate the soil.
We create compost from stems and pomaces which are byproducts of our winemaking process. These are composted down and reused, adding nutrients back into our soil.