Water Efficiency & Recapture
Our water motto is: reduce use, recapture rainwater and recycle wastewater. To reduce use, we deficit irrigate the vineyard, use water-efficient pressure washers and appliances and intensively monitor vineyard irrigation.
To recapture rainwater, we have an industry-leading rainfall capture system that allows us to capture extra water off the winery roof and tasting room landscaping during Winter storms. This also helps us mitigate erosion on the property. We then store the rainwater in ponds and draw from those reserves first during the hot summer months.
We also recycle our wastewater to use for vineyard irrigation. Each time we wash a tank or a barrel in the winery, the water runoff is collected through floor drains, pumped through a constructed wetlands habitat to clean it, then stored in a pond. This closed-loop system means that we are also very mindful of the cleaning products we use – and opt for soft cleaners that are safe for our team and the ducks in the final storage pond.