Yorkville Cellars

Sustainable Certification

We have been certified organic famers for nearly three decades, avoiding using synthetic additives and petrol based chemicals. However the news is that last year we decided to also work to have our vineyard certified sustainable.
 
Sustainability refers to a range of practices that are not only ecologically sound, but also economically viable and socially responsible. 
Third party certification was introduced among other things to encourage transparency, which we very much support. 

Based on a Cycle of Continuous Improvement

Eco carton
The basic metrics of a sustainable program include: water, energy, and nitrogen use plus greenhouse gas emissions.   

Water - we are very efficient users of water using drip irrigation typically 3 days a week for about 5 weeks each year through our drip irrigation system that utilizes water from our pond.

Energy & Greenhouse Gases - Several years ago we started using Eco bottles for most of our wines. Slightly shorter with a smaller punt, it means that each case of 12 bottles weighs 5 pounds less than the equivalent regularly used bottles. This weight savings creates substantial energy savings during transit.

Nutrients - we gain additional nitrogen in our vineyards by having sheep in our vinyeards each winter that help us with free fertilizer. By rotating cover crops we gain benefits: improving soil fertility, regulating vine growth, protecting soil from erosion, and increasing soil water holding capacity. 

 

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