AN ALL-ENCOMPASSING APPROACH TO SUSTAINABILITY
In all projects, both large and small, using sustainable business practices is always top of mind.
We are committed to a healthy environment by returning pieces of our family estate to their native state. Our family began habitat restoration in 1988 with the introduction of native plants for wildlife buffers. In 1995, the Gill Creek restoration project began and today the land along the creek features a natural landscape of cattails, cottonwoods and California roses.
Taking advantage of the sunny northern edge of San Joaquin Valley, we have installed photovoltaic solar systems at our viticulture headquarters, several agricultural water pumps and our winery. The winery and vineyard programs have 1074 kW power capacity and their average production is 1.6 million kWh electricity per year - equivalent to the annual use of 200 homes in California.
SOIL, AIR AND WATER MANAGEMENT
In the vineyards we use California native grasses as cover crop, operate low emission tractors and use low volume drip irrigation along with sophisticated crop models to manage the use of water.
We recognize that when the environment is healthy and stable, so are our vineyards. The presence of wildlife is encouraged in the vineyards by the introduction and preservation of native grasses and trees, and the placement of nesting boxes for owls, birds, and bats.