One of the perks of being on the West Coast is having access to so many high-quality wineries focused on sustainability. Each of them has something to offer and attract tourists as well as locals.
Tablas Creek Vineyard
In Paso Robles, California, is the Tablas Creek Vineyard. The winery has been in operation since 1989 and is now known for supporting sustainability in winemaking. Like many, this winery has received its certification in sustainability.
In Rutherford, California is Cakebread Cellars. Their Napa Valley tasting room is extremely popular for its tastings and tours. The winery supports the practices of environmental impact, social equity, and system economics. For this reason, this winery is certified in sustainability as well.
Santa Rosa, California, is where the Balletto Vineyards can be found. The winery holds its tastings outdoors with a trellis of vines adorning the tasting area. Taking a careful approach to winemaking, Balleto spends nine or ten months composting the grape pomace, which they then put back into the soil every spring.
In Sherwood, Oregon, is the Ponzi Vineyards. Forty minutes outside of Portland, the winery’s tasting room looks out over the Chehalem Mountains. In addition, the winery supports sustainability by providing eco-friendly car charging stations. For the last 50 years, the winery has led the way when it comes to sustainability. To keep their soil healthy, this winery forgoes chemicals in favor of cover crops.
Each site within the vineyard has its crop cover mixes. Soil is fed using different combinations of crimson clover and legumes, and wild radishes to aerate the soil and break it up. The main reason why Ponzi does this is to preserve the nutrients in the soil that are required to grow the highest quality grapes for winemaking.
In St. Helena, California, Ehlers Estate is an organic farm where sustainability is crucial to its survival. The estate’s head winemaker makes it a point to use spore traps to catch pests that would otherwise damage their crops. As a result, they can avoid spraying pesticides as much as possible.
Bonterra Organic Vineyards
Though most vineyards in California are always open, Bonterra Organic Vineyards gives tours only at scheduled times on predetermined dates. This allows them to focus more on producing the best quality wine possible.