Merriam Vineyards will be closed November 24th and 25th, 2021 to celebrate Thanksgiving. Enjoy time with your family and friends!

Merriam Wine - Beekeeping

We’re going the extra mile to farm sustainably.

Sustainability
Building a healthy ecosystem

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

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.

Merriam Wine - Beehive Illustration

Constructed Wetlands

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.

Merriam Wine - Pond Illustration

Owls

Barn owls are a farmer’s best defense against rodent infestation. 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.

Merriam Wine - Bird House Illustration

Reclamation Pond

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.

Merriam Wine - Pond Illustration

Cover Crops

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.

Merriam Wine - Vineyard Illustration

Composting

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.

Merriam Wine - Field Illustration