' Sequoia Grove - Sustainability

Sustainability

 

Napa Green Certified Winery

  • Monitoring all water usage for possible leaks and unusual patterns.
  • Planting drought-tolerant landscaping and installing drip irrigation to provide precise watering on flowers and grasses.
  • Installing energy efficient lighting, HVAC, and winery equipment.
  • Managing our stormwater runoff with a deep bioswale intended to capture and filter water. This naturally refreshes the aquifer.
  • Using 100% renewable energy through Marin Clean Energy.
  • Using wine shipping material made with at least 50% post-consumer waste.
  • Using an energy management software that efficiently manages cellar and tank heating/cooling through set points and utilization of cool night-time air.
  • Recycling wooden pallets, cardboard, natural cork, capsules, and accepted plastics.
  • Composting spent grape pomace and other landscape trimmings.
  • Reducing our carbon footprint by requesting full shipment loads and backhauling.
 

Napa Green Certified Land

  • Donating 2 acres of vineyard land to the “Rutherford Reach” project to restore the flow and natural habitat of the Napa River.
  • Designing cover crop and mulching programs to control vine vigor through natural means, thus reducing fertilizer requirements.
  • Using local compost applications for Nitrogen needs, as opposed to chemical application.
  • Shredding vine waste to use as mulch instead of burning.
  • Hand weeding, adding clove oil, and other sustainable practices to remove weeds. This is opposed to using RoundUp and other glyphosate products.
  • Following integrated pest management techniques such as biological control, habitat manipulation, modification of cultural practices, and use of resistant rootstock varieties.
  • Removing vines showing any sign of disease immediately and replanting, thus limiting the exposure to neighboring vines.
  • Planting all new blocks with an additional drip line strictly for re-plants. This enables us to water the replants separately, thus not wasting water irrigating the entire vineyard for only a few replants.
  • Planting specific cover crops to each of the soil types in our vineyard and practicing alternate-row tilling. This builds our soil health and increases our carbon sequestration.