November 20, 2019

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West Coast West wineries are in charge of the sustainable wine industry

All vineyards are farmed sustainably in Caldicot BreadAll vineyards are farmed sustainably by Cellars Cake a Bread – Photo courtesy of Ceallaire Cake

The terms “sustainability” and “world-friendly” no longer apply to a small niche market. They are drivers for many consumers, and many West Coast vectors are engaged in sustainable practices in their vineyards and wines long before it became fashionable.

Their efforts are paving the way for other wineries to make the changes that are expensive and time-consuming sometimes to perform in a way that is closer to the planet.

From waste wastes recycled and recycled in California to planting plant crops and organic materials used to combat pests in Oregon, many wine makers and winery owners believe that natural products use and reduce their carbon footprint is better for the environment and the vines, but also high quality wine.

However, they hope that their employees and visitors are encouraged to make similar efforts in their daily lives and that they support a like-minded business – a cumulative effort that could make a difference. Here are some standby on the West Coast which you should visit.

Tablas Creek vineyards. T Paso Robles, California

Ripe ripe grapes ready to harvest at Tablas Creek in Paso RoblesExcellent grapes, harvest ready for harvest at Tablas Creek in Paso Communities – Photo courtesy of Tablas Creek Vineyard

Sustainability is more than just about sustainability for some West Coast wineries; it is a career and it has always been. But Jason Haas, partner and general manager of Tablas Creek in Paso Robles, says that ultimately consumers are more interested in supporting world-friendly wineries, which encourages more wineries to join the party.

He says, “I think this is part of a larger consumer trend where people want to know that the products they eat are produced in a way that is consistent with their ethos.”

Haas adds, "When we started in 1989, the only vineyard in Parade Robles was organically farming and no one had a viable term. Continued thirty years, and has a sustainability certificate. majority of vineyards Paso Robles. "

Cellars Villa Creek Paso Robles, California

A good, old-fashioned stomping recipe is still made of selected grapes at Villa Creek in Paso RoblesA good, old-fashioned stomping foot is still made on selected grapes at Villa Creek in Paso Communities – Photo courtesy of Max Delsid for Villa Creek Cellars

Talk to almost any vintner and they say that magic of the wine begins in the vineyard. While this may take good care of you, the environment must be protected from the vine roots and thin fruits, which is not always the case.

In Robos Paso, Villa Creek Cellars offers a warning JoAnn Cherry, "The wine industry is kind of the ultimate limit on the ability of winemakers and wine manufacturers to do what they want in the vineyard and saliva." glass and accept that wine is a natural product. "

But the wine industry has grown in the number of producers such as Cherry, who do not look at wine as one. They are passionate about the product and are committed to protecting the environment that protects them as farmers, despite the cost and effort.

Cake Cellars Rutherford, California

Could it be the only second winery cake ever got Napa Green certificateCould it be the only second winery cake ever got Napa Green certificate – Photo courtesy Robert Holmes of Cakebread Footballers

The director of the Cakebread Cellars vineyard, Lise Asimont, explains, “Sustainable winemaking contributes to our farming practice including: social equity practices, the economics of our systems, and the environmental and environmental impact of our work. it is never achieved and perfection, but we hope that our momentum helps to change the tides. "

Cakebread, a pioneer of sustainability for many years, has become very popular in the heart of the Napa Valley, which offers many trips and tastings and was among the first in the valley to receive certificates for their environmental efforts.

Ponzi vineyards Sherwood, Oregon

Ponzi Vineyards is not only a leader in sustainability but also helped put Oregon wines on the international map.Ponzi Vineyards is not only a leader in sustainability but helped put Oregon wines on the international map – Photo courtesy of Ponzi Vineyards

A visit to the Ponzi tasting room, 40 minutes from Portland, Oregon, offers spectacular views of the Chehalem Mountains and charging stations on eco-friendly cars. Sustainable pioneers have been in their state for 50 years, and Ponzi uses a cover bar rather than chemicals for soil health. Winemaker Luisa Ponzi says, "It also ensures that we do not consume the land that contains essential nutrients needed to grow high quality grapes."

The covered mixture is adapted to each vineyard site, Ponzi explains, "The main use of legumes (fava, pea pans, vetch) and nitrogen-rich plants such as crimson clover is the soil," he said. and plants such as wild radish and aerate soil have deep tap roots. "

Balletto vineyards | Santa Rosa, California

The Balletto Family - Caterina, Terri, John, Jacqueline - farming since the late 70sThe Balletto Family – Caterina, Terri, John, Jacqueline – farming since the late 70s – Photo courtesy Balletto Vineyards

At Balletto Vineyards in Sonoma, the founder and owner John Balletto says, “We make compost on all our grapes (solids after they have been destroyed and pushed) from our wine making process for 9 to 10 months before we disperse. and that we return to our vineyard soil the next spring. ”

Wine tasting is often kept outside of vine leaves. Balletto says, "Our vineyards are like an extension of our family, so we will treat them accordingly."

Ehlers Estate St. Helena, California

Besides being 100% organic, Ehlers Estate has a foundation that funds cardiovascular and neuromuscular research  tIn addition to being 100% organic, Ehlers Estate has a foundation that funds cardiovascular and neuromuscular research – Photo courtesy of Ehlers Estate t

Pest control (without using harmful chemicals) is another frightening task for sustainable and organic farmers. At Ehlers Estate in northern Napa Valley, the head-wine maker and general manager Laura Diaz Munoz uses spore traps to monitor fungus and pests.

She says, "This tool allows us to spray out the spray, without doing it more often if it is not really necessary and helps us decide what product to use." All products are organic products and include such things as green sulfur oil and PureSpray.

Visitors to the rural tasting room (circa 1886) receive Ehlers side of their organic education and their flavoring flight.

Hahn Family Wines | Soledad, California

The vines are explored by Paul Clifton, winemaker director at Hahn Family WinesPaul Clifton, winemaking director at Hahn Wines, explores the vines – Photo courtesy of GIna Birch

In Santa Lucia Highlands, Hahn Family Wines has accelerated sustainability in central California, using insects such as beetles, bottles and lacewings to control pests naturally.

Guests take Jeep tours through the rolling vineyards where they can view Hahn's complex water conservation system and smart boxes that emit deer sounds in distress to keep the foot animals from entering the vineyard to destroy the fruit.

Bonterra Organic Vineyards | Hopland, California

Sheep are grazed on Bonterra's organic vineyards, offering natural fertilizersSheep grazing on organic vineyards Bonterra, offering natural fertilizers – Photo courtesy of Sara Sanger for Bonterra Organic Vineyards

How does this effort in glass move to glass? Joseph Brinkley, director of vineyards for Bonterra Organic Vineyards in the County of Mendocino, says, "What we have seen in recent years is that organic farming has more healthy vines, tastier grapes and better wines."

Located north of Sonoma in Hopland, Bonterra only opens for visits and tours of selected dates. "It's an exciting time," said Brinkley, "because organic farming and friendly practices for the world have always been central to our mission, and now consumers are right in us."

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