Mary Hall
 
September 16, 2015 | Mary Hall

Adelaida Cellars is now a Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing Winery & Vineyard

Although Adelaida’s vineyards were certified as sustainable in the past, now both the vineyards and winery have been certified. In order to achieve certification, Adelaida has met all of the program’s 82 prerequisites (50 Vineyard Best Practice criteria and 32 Winery Best Practice criteria). These prerequisites include various factors from crush operations at the winery to soil nutrient monitoring in the vineyard. In addition, Adelaida has demonstrated a commitment to sustainability when it comes to both winegrowing and winemaking. This is evident in our approach to water conservation, clean energy, habitat preservation, and sustainable farming. By accomplishing these goals and creating a plan of action to continue improving, Adelaida Cellars has earned the distinction of being a Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing Winery & Vineyard.
 
Over the years, Adelaida has implemented many practices that support our commitment to sustainability. In 2007, we installed a 113 kilowatt solar array. With the system in place, Adelaida is able to meet, on average, 85% of its own power needs with solar. Along with major strides in energy efficiency, Adelaida is also extremely water conscious, practicing either dry-farming or deficit irrigation throughout our vineyard acreage. We also use pressurized hoses to conserve water usage in the winery and recycle all grey water amongst the property. These steps, coupled with Winemaker Jeremy Weintraub’s vineyard-driven winemaking philosophy, continue to distinguish Adelaida as a winery and a vineyard that sets industry standards for excellence and sustainability.
 

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