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.