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Building a fully regenerative organic farming system

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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

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:

Water conservation
Energy efficiency
Healthy soils
Pest management
Wildlife preservation
Solid waste management
Biodiversity

We’re pioneering change and setting industry standards through our commitment to an earth‑first approach to farming and winemaking.

Dog sitting in the grass at the farm
Angie enjoying the sunset with wine
Clay Shannon and his sheep dog

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:

Row of vineyard crops
1/10 Eliminating all in-row cultivation of crops
Plant detail shot in the vineyard
2/10 Eliminating all herbicides and fossil fuel-based fertilizers and fungicides
Farming equipment handing on the wall
3/10 Utilizing only certified 100% organic farming materials
Compost pile of soil
4/10 Composting all organic waste into fertilizer and/or mulch
Grape detail shot handing on a vine
5/10 Using drought-tolerant rootstocks grafted to vinifera
Grape cluster detail shot
6/10 Incorporating grape varietals that require less water
Drip irrigation detail shot
7/10 Implementing drip irrigation and dry farming techniques
Barrel storage unit for wine
8/10 Decreasing wine bottle weight to reduce fuel usage for transport
Detail shot of cork pieces
9/10 Using 100% all-natural renewable cork
Beauty shot of a field with flowers
10/10 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.

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Join us at the Mercantile tomorrow for a Buck Shack Can release party! Live music from Lake County Diamonds #visitlakecounty #buckshack #buckshackcans #shannonfamilyofwines #winebar ...

Buck Shack cans are in! Mountain Lemonade and Sparkling Rose! Available at the Vigilance tasting room & The Mercantile…Perfect cocktail for summer! #buckshack #winecans #themercantile ...

All weekend long at The Mercantile, new Buck Shack cans are on special for just $5 each (normally $8)! 🥂

Don't miss the L.C. Diamonds and @badassblts from 4-7pm this Saturday night! No reservation needed.

For full event details, visit the link in our bio!
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Safe to say we know what we're doing 1 week from today. 🍖

Before then, kick off summer with us this Saturday night from 4-7pm and be one of the first to crack open a CAN of our new Buck Shack Bubbly Rosé or Buck Shack Mountain Lemonade, all while enjoying amazing food from Badass BLTs and live music by the Lake County Diamonds!
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Cozy up to the bar and catch up or play some bocce ball on our patio -- either way, you're doing Friday right at the Vigilance Tasting Room! 🥂 ...

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Lake County Wine Adventure 2022 is finally here this weekend, May 21 & 22 from 11am–5pm! 🍷 Purchase tickets at the link in our bio.

During this two-day, passport style event, sample wine from participating Lake County wineries while enjoying barrel tastings, entertainment, winery tours, wine and food pairings, and other fun and sustainable wine activities.

Both the Shannon Mercantile and the Vigilance Tasting Room are participating with wine and food pairings! Enjoy Barbecue by Biasotti for purchase at The Mercantile.
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Sunday strolls in the vineyards at Vigilance 😍 #winelover #winetasting #weekendwine #vineyardviews #californiawine ...

Prowein kicks off! Going to be a long, fun 3 days😃😉#shannonfamilyofwines #prowein #prowein2022 ...

California Wine Institute Copenhagen, Denmark tasting, Clay and Al Portney #shannonfamilyofwines #californiawineinstitute ...

On the way to Prowein, a stop in Champagne, clay loves the short high density vineyards #shannonfamilyofwines #vineyards ...

Don't miss this amazing weekend, @lakecountywineryassociation Wine Adventure 2022 on May 21st and 22nd!

During this two-day, passport style event, sample wine from participating Lake County wineries while enjoying barrel tastings, entertainment, winery tours, wine and food pairings, and other fun and sustainable wine activities.

Both the Shannon Mercantile and the Vigilance Tasting Room are participating with wine and food pairings! Enjoy Barbecue by Biasotti for purchase at The Mercantile.

Purchase tickets at the link in our bio!
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Our beautiful outdoor seating areas are just begging for a Mother's Day picnic lunch with live music and specials on wine by the glass!

Today's the last day to reserve your spot by emailing mmartin@shannonridge.com for Vigilance or joaquin@shannonridge.com for The Mercantile. (See our previous post for full details).
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This Mother’s Day from 11am — 2pm, treat the amazing women in your life to an afternoon of great memories, wine and food at either the Shannon Mercantile or the Vigilance Tasting Room!

In honor of Mom, select glasses of Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé are only $5! She'll love sipping in the sun or inside our elegantly adorned springtime environment with her choice between two adorable boxed picnic lunches catered by @roseycooks:

–Classic Quiche Lorraine - Apple Wood Smoked Bacon, Swiss Cheese

–Spring Vegetable Quiche - Mushrooms, Asparagus, Spinach, Cheese Blend

(Both come with a fresh fruit cup and a lemon bar!)

Finally, we're bringing it all together as local musicians set the tone for a perfect day.

Reservations are required by May 4th as we have limited seating available.

Secure your spot at the location of your choice today for just $25! Email mmartin@shannonridge.com for Vigilance or joaquin@shannonridge.com for The Mercantile.

#mothersday #mothersdaybrunch #sundaysips #weekendwine #momneedswine
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@lakecountywinegrapecommission and Randall Krag made this fantastic video on the diversity of soil types and topography across Lake County's various AVAs. The possibilities of growing winegrapes in this region feel endless and we consider ourselves fortunate to steward our slice of this exciting young volcanic region!

View the full video on Lake County Winegrape Commission's YouTube channel.
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We take Earth Day a little literally around here, but that's ok when you're dealing with microbiomes in the soil and farming regeneratively. Organic wine takes organic work, and lots of it. 🍷 #earthday2022🌍 #earthdayeveryday #earthday #regenerativeagriculture #organicwine ...

Thanks to @mercnews in San Jose for the shoutout to The Shannon Mercantile on "50+ spring wine tastings and events in Napa, Sonoma, and more" – you can read the full article at the link in our bio! 🍷 #winetasting #californiawine #lakecountyca #californiawinecountry ...

Sunday Funday is back on at the Vigilance Tasting Room! This is the good time of year, when you can enjoy specials on wines by the glass for just $5 each for wine club members and $7 for non-members.

No reservations required! Drop in solo or bring your friends, your family, and your competitive spirit anytime between 11am and 5pm.

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Don't forget to join us for Sip & Paint, April 24th, 12pm – 3pm.

We have extremely limited spots available for this event; for reservations, reach out to mmartin@shannonridge.com.

13888 Point Lakeview Road Lower Lake, California
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