Winner of the 2021 California Green Medal Environment Award
Preserving our environment isn’t about lip service, it’s a lifestyle and our hard work has paid off.
In the summer of 2021, our efforts were recognized with the California Green Medal Environment Award, given to the vineyard or winery that best demonstrates Environmental Stewardship through maximized environmental benefits from implementing sustainable practices.
We’re honored to receive such a prestigious award, and it indicates that we’re on the right track in forging a better way through our sustainability efforts with Project Ovis.
Project Ovis is the transformation of our 1,000-acre Lake County California mountain vineyard estate into a completely sustainable, regenerative organic farming system.It is our reimagining of viticulture and winemaking to address the effects of climate change.Our efforts are both holistic and dynamic, combining carbon sequestering practices with permaculture initiatives and energy efficiency applications. We are pioneering change and setting industry standards in an ongoing effort to improve the way we treat the planet and its swiftly dwindling resources.
This comprehensive closed-loop agriculture approach is extensive and encompasses:
We’re pioneering change and setting industry standards through our commitment to an earth‑first approach to farming and winemaking.
Our operations are 100% Certified Sustainable, and by July of 2022 we’ll be one of the largest Certified Organic mountain-grown vineyards in the United States.
Project Ovis is both holistic and dynamic, combining carbon sequestering practices like no-tillage farming, with permaculture initiatives such as owl and bat boxes in addition to integrating livestock for cover crop control, weed control, fuel reduction, and soil fertilization.
It even extends to ensuring optimal working conditions for employees.
100% Sustainable Winemaking
Project Ovis initiatives include but are not limited to:
Eliminating all in-row cultivation of crops
Eliminating all herbicides and fossil fuel-based fertilizers and fungicides
Utilizing only certified 100% organic farming materials
Composting all organic waste into fertilizer and/or mulch
Using drought-tolerant rootstocks grafted to vinifera
Incorporating grape varietals that require less water
Implementing drip irrigation and dry farming techniques
Decreasing wine bottle weight to reduce fuel usage for transport
Using 100% all-natural renewable cork
Reserving 60% of our property for unplanted wildlife corridors
Forging a Better Way
Project Ovis is a constant work-in-progress and an ongoing effort to improve the way we treat the planet and its swiftly dwindling resources.
It’s a fully sustainable operation, but we’re far from satisfied because the problems that climate change poses are far from being solved.
It’s just the start of big things to come. But it’s a step in the right direction.
Combining great wines, respect for the environment, and world‑class terroir.
What is the point of aging wine in barrels, anyways? Barrel aging is the step between fermentation and bottling, which matures the wine and gives it distinct flavors. Wine-making reminds us that timing really is everything!
FYI - this process normally takes between 6 to 30 months and red wines need more time than whites. We love making wine and all the fun factoids that go with it 😜
Click the link in bio to check out our selection of world-class wines at https://shannonfamilyofwines.com/our-wines/
Cover crops, like the clover pictured here, are a grapevine’s best friends. Set between the rows or under the vines, they prevent the soil from eroding and supply nitrogen to the roots. This means our vines thrive and never get lonely.
Hey, what can we say? Bringing folks (and plants) together is the beating heart of of our wine-making purpose!
Click the link in bio to learn more about our sustainability practices at https://shannonfamilyofwines.com/sustainability/
We’re so thrilled that Shannon Family of Wines and our #BuildYourBuckShack Sweepstakes have been noticed by @patch
“LAKEPORT, CA — Clay Shannon, a forward-thinking "maverick," committed to organic farming, wildlife and land preservation, launched his wine-making enterprise, Shannon Family of Wines, in 1996 in Lake County — long before such sustainable notions were entrenched in the wine industry.”
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Today is International Friendship Day! Let's pay homage to our fuzzy, helpful friends the bees.
This communal pollinator is an invaluable member of our family and ecosystem. Bees don’t pollinate the grapevines themselves, but they are essential for the plants at the base of the the grapevines. We call these cover crops, and they include Peas, Clover and Mustard among others. Cover crops help the grapevines to thrive sustainably and organically. Bees help the cover crops thrive. Now, that’s friendship!
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Shannon Family of Wines achieves 100% Organic Certification
Lower Lake, Calif., July 12, 2022 —
"From berry to bottle, Shannon Family of Wines is dedicated to ensuring that all elements of their operation is centered around sustainability and preserving the land & community.
The announcement comes on the heels of a wide variety of sustainable practices displayed by the winery, from regenerative farming practices to the elimination of all herbicides and fossil fuel-based fertilizers, the use of 100% renewable corks, the utilization of grape varieties that use less water and the use of 100% organic farming materials."
-Shannon Family of Wines 100% Organic Certification Announcement
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We want to make your dreams come true—enter at the link in our bio to win the #BuildYourBuckShack sweepstakes today for the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a custom #bar design and $$$ to make your dream a reality!
“If you want great wine and amazing conversation , please stop by here! Not only was the wine selection great, but our lovely host quickly became friends. I've never had this much fun wine tasting. My only regret was not buying some bottles to go home with me. PS don't change the music! Your playlist sets the vibe and good energy!”
We love it when the vibe is right. Come visit us at the Vigilance Tasting room.
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Congratulations to Duval's Fresh Local Seafood (@duvalsfls) for being honored with Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence. The renowned restaurant in Sarasota, Florida, was recognized for its overall wine list, quality and variety. Of course, you can find Clay Shannon on Duval's excellent wine list. A well-deserved honor for our friend and partner!
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Vigilance Tasting Room is the heart of the Shannon Family of Wines, and the perfect place to welcome our guests for pet-friendly wine tasting and picnics. We’re pretty sure after a few sips, you’ll feel like one of the family.
As of July 2022, all of Shannon Family of Wines is fully certified sustainable and organic! This makes us one of the largest organic, mountain-grown vineyards in America, and boy are we proud.
We call it Project Ovis, and it means that we are creating a fully sustainable ecosystem in our vineyards. Everything has its place, and the sheep in this photo are exactly where they are supposed to be.
The benefits of letting our flock loose in the vineyard are 2-fold: They trim the weeds & fertilize the grapevines. What an elegant alternative to chemical herbicides and fertilizers!!
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