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Seghesio Family Vineyards

Commitment To Sustainability

Stewards of the Land

While Seghesio first formally adopted sustainable farming in 2003, our grandparents instilled in us a deep respect for the land that has provided both homes and way of life for five generations of our family. We farm utilizing the greenest inputs possible to sustainably foster the long-term health of our vineyards while maintaining the highest quality hand-farmed fruit. In the winery, new processes aimed at the conservation of resources -- primarily energy and water usage -- have been adopted.

 


Our Thoughts on Sustainability 



Sustainability is not static – it is living work. Its core definition states that in accomplishing our goals, we do not compromise the natural resources future generations will require to meet their own goals. While Seghesio first formally adopted sustainable farming in 2003, our grandparents instilled in us a deep respect for the land that has provided both homes and a way of life for five generations of our family. Sustainability is a primary objective in every aspect of our operation– our farming practices, how responsibly we use the earth’s resources and how we treat our fellow employees. In our continuing efforts toward a higher platform of sustainability, we work to minimize our impact on the land and ecosystems upon which our survival depends.

A philosophy that is good for the land is also good for people. In an effort to create best in class employment standards, we have been utilizing the U.S. Government’s H2a immigration work visa program since 2008. Each year we travel to Mexico where we recruit skilled vineyard workers, help them acquire temporary work visas through the program, then safely and legally transport them north to live and work with us for nine months, after which they return home. Farm superintendents have been provided homes on our ranches since our grandfather’s time. In 2001, in an effort to address the escalating cost of living in Sonoma County, we constructed the Hacienda on our Home Ranch, where our vineyard team may live, should they so choose. Today, the Hacienda is home to 38 men.

We farm utilizing the greenest inputs possible to sustainably foster the long-term health of our vineyards while maintaining the highest quality hand-farmed fruit. In the winery, new processes aimed at the conservation of resources, primarily energy and water usage, have been adopted. Sustainability is our commitment toward Sharing Uncommon Ground for generations to come. Some examples of Seghesio’s sustainable practices are listed below.

 


In the Vineyards


 

  • Our farming is in the Fish Friendly Farming Certification Program with our efforts to protect streams and rivers adjacent to our vineyards from detrimental run-off.
     
  • Pesticide usage is very judiciously used through knowledge passed down by five generations of farming our vineyards.

  • Bat boxes, owl boxes and hawk perches have been established for a balanced ecosystem.

  • Also, native and seeded cover crops help reduce dust, thus naturally reducing mite populations.

  • Every vineyard is planted with winter cover crops intended to hold precious soils in place while their roots host a rich mixture of beneficial micro-organisms that provide nutrition to the vines.

  • In preparation for a new vineyard planting, no chemicals are used. Rather, a massive plow is employed to break up and turn four feet of the soil. Then, roots that would have been fumigated in the past are removed by hand.

  • Early in the season, excess shoots and leaves are precisely removed to increase natural airflow and provide optimum sunlight to the grapes. This intensive hand work serves to reduce pests and the need for spray inputs.

  • Weather stations at each of our vineyards provide precise information on the vineyard environment enabling our efforts to exacting irrigation and pest control strategies.
     
  • Prudent watering in our vineyards has allowed us to decrease usage by 20% since 2005 which, in tandem, reduced our electrical usage during peak demand period.

  • Each year we travel to Mexico where we recruit skilled vineyard workers, help them acquire temporary work visas through the US Government’s H2a program then, safely and legally, transport them north to live and work with us for nine months, after which they return home.

  • Farm superintendents have been provided homes on our ranches since our grandfather’s time. In 2001, in an effort to address the escalating cost of living in Sonoma County, we constructed a home on our Home Ranch for our vineyard team should they choose. Today, our “Hacienda” is home to 38 men.

  • All of our grapeskins, seeds and stems (pomace) are composted at the vineyards and used the following year as soil amendments.

  • All of our vineyards are hand-tended by a continuously trained team committed to the rigorous standards of our family farms.

 


In the Winery


 

  • Dedicated to earth friendly packaging, we now use boxes and shipping materials utilizing the highest percentage of recycled materials allowed in the industry.
     
  • Motion sensitive lighting has been added to both production and office buildings.

  • A new barrel washing system conserved water allowing us to wash 20 barrels with the same volume of water we used to wash the single barrel in the past.

  • Solar panels installed atop our winery in 2005 and again in 2009 provide half of our power. In  six months of operation, our system saved 457,181 lbs. of CO2 or the equivalent power use of 7,337 homes for one day.

  • 100% of the water used in the cellar is recycled. It is treated on-site and used in landscape irrigation.
     
  • Wood from the cellar’s original century-old redwood tanks and reclaimed bricks from the winery were used in our recent office and tasting facility restoration.

  • All possible winery waste is recycled including glass, corks, paper, cardboard, office equipment, and electronics.

  • Cellar temperatures are maintained with the assistance of natural night air systems.

 

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