Is our desire to profit tempered, respectful and sustainable? How we farm, make wine and live out our lives is important to our family.
We attempt whenever possible to purchase products made domestically. Lowering our carbon foot print(less distance hauling especially from overseas) while employing our neighbors and countrymen is important.
We purchase lightweight Eco glass bottles and bottles made from recycled glass.
Our new winery facility will send all of the waste water used to make wine to a series of natural – biological treatment tanks then onto a pond where the water may be used for building – fire suppression or landscape irrigation.
Our vineyard spray program to combat powdery mildew and harmful insects is 100% Organic.
Within three years, our weed control program will be 100% Organic making our entire spray program Organic.
Thus far, on our vineyard property we have personally identified; Red Stem Storksbill, Arrowleaf Balsamroot, Thompson’s Desert Parsley, Sagebrush Mariposa Lily, Thread Leaf Fleabane, Tidy Fleabane, Yellow Salsify, Bearded Hawks Beard, Common St. John’s Wort, Bitter Brush and Sage Brush.
Species of bees working in our estate vineyard include; Mason Bee, European Honey Bee, Masked Bee, Armored Resin Bee, Van – Dyke’s Bumble Bee, Metallic Sweat Bee, Brown Belted Bumble Bee, Hunt’s Bumble Bee, Black Tailed Bumble Bee, Great Basin Bumble Bee and Indiscriminate Cuckoo Bumble Bee (a fairly rare visitor!).
Native fauna living and visiting our estate vineyard include; Mule Deer, White Tailed Deer, Red Tailed Hawk, Kestrel Falcon, Great Horned Owl, Coyote, Bald Eagle, Turkey Vulture and some type of rabbit.