Water, after all, is at the core of everything we do as winegrowers.
We’ve done a lot to improve our systems and get the most out of every resource. By choosing the right varietals of grapes for the right soils and feeding the soil with compost rather than chemicals, we save up to 50% of the water we’d need for irrigation. We reuse over two million gallons of water each year through our recycling ponds and wetland, with gray water being filtered to irrigate the vineyards in the dry summer months.
And with cutting edge technology, we’re saving even more. Using a new barrel steamer, we’ve gone from using about 24 gallons of water per barrel to under 5 gallons per barrel. That amounts to hundreds of thousands of gallons of water saved each year.
Sometimes, small adjustments can result in a lot of change.
This Growing Green Award reminds us to keep striving to be better stewards, managers and educators when it comes to our natural capital. We share the information we’ve learned over the years with other growers, winemakers and consumers because we believe being a good steward means helping others move in the right direction.
To receive this award from NRDC, a group rooted in education and environmental action, means a lot to me and my family. It’s only fitting that we share this award with the people that make it happen every day in our vineyard and cellar. Joaquin Corona, our Estate Vineyard Manager and Jose Ortiz, our Cellar Master, have both been with us from the beginning. Joaquin and Jose and their crews are the reason Benziger can grow high quality grapes and conserve the way we do. We thank them for being the backbone of our winery.
Today, we still aspire to be better citizens of the earth. From our certified sustainable winegrowing program (called Farming with Flavors) for all of our sourced grapes, to continually looking working to reduce our carbon footprint, we never stop searching for ways we can use less and conserve more.
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