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A committment to best vineyard practices

Being a steward of the land and its resources is a key practice in our farming and winemaking methods. It will help ensure the sustainability of the vineyards and winery in the hopes of creating a legacy for the generations to come.

Winegrowing

“With a dedication to producing the finest wine possible comes also the commitment to preserving the environment. Consistently striving to improve farming practices, I have tried to emphasize environmental soundness, and efficiency, all without compromising quality.”

– John Bacigalupi, winegrower

Winemaking

“Our winemaking starts with meticulous vineyard practices.  We maintain a minimal manipulation standard in the winery, using native yeast fermentations, allowing the wines to remain surlies, and bottling unfined and unfiltered.  Our philosophy is to let each one of our vineyard sites shine, and let you be able to taste uniqueness in each sip.”

– Ashley Herzberg, winemaker

Our best vineyard practices include

Planting winter cover crops to hold precious soils in place decreasing the risk of erosion on hillside terrain and adding essential nutrients back to the soil all while providing a habitat for beneficial insects.

Managing canopies precisely — including leaf, shoot and cluster removal. This practice increases air movement through the canopy and adds light naturally–drastically reducing the amount of fungicides needed.

Composting all pomace (grapeskins) and are usng them the following year as soil amendments.

Introducing predator habitats (owl and bat boxes and bird houses) to reduce pesticide usage.  Also, we use native and seeded cover crops help reduce dust thus reducing mite populations naturally.

Hand-tending our vineyards to the meticulous standard of our family farm.

Using reclaimed rain water for 100% of our water use. Water gathers in our two reservoirs. We do not  use water from any municipal source.

Using recycled material for all of our bottles, boxes, and shipping materials.

Maintaing our cellar temperatures naturally, decreasing our electricity use.