Protecting Our Environment
Sustainability for generations to come
Water conservation, energy efficiency, and responsible land use are at the root of our efforts.
We depend on the land and its natural resources to grow our grapes. We continually look to advance our use of sustainable practices and technology to nourish the vines and protect our environment. Here are some of the ways we’re addressing environmental protection:

Agricultural Water Management

Water sustains life – our business, our people, and our communities. We strive to exercise the most sustainable agricultural water management processes, with a two-part approach that manages both water use and water availability.

First, we resolve to find and implement the best water conserving practices. We currently use drip irrigation on 100% of our vineyards, the most responsible irrigation method available, and have surpassed industry-standards with a cutting-edge irrigation management process based on real-time soil moisture monitoring and local weather stations.

Second, we set aside a portion of our farmland and have worked with our sister company Homer LLC to build six water recharge basins that are helping to restore groundwater levels. In 2017 alone, the water basins captured approximately 120,000 acre-feet of water. In addition, we donate 10 to 50 percent of the recharged water to local needs including improving the overall health and sustainability of the underground aquifer system.

Renewable Energy

While we continue to explore opportunities to improve our energy efficiencies, we are already beginning to invest in renewable energy and have set aside land for solar power installations. We aim to have 10% of our power generated by these on-site energy sources.

Certified Bee Friendly Farming

Our goal is to, by 2022, plant 50 percent of our acres with cover crops and hedgerows that help maintain optimal soil health and support at-risk bee populations with critical habitat and nutrition. Project Apis m. helped us identify the plants to add to our land that provide forage for bees. Through this effort, we became the first-ever commercial grape grower to be given the designation of Certified Bee Friendly Farms from the Pollinator Partnership.

To be certified as a Bee Friendly Farm, we meet the following standards:

  • Offer forage providing good nutrition for bees on 3-6% of land.
  • Plant continuous bloom of different flowering plants throughout the growing season.
  • Offer clean water for bees.
  • Provide a variety of habitat for nesting and mating.
  • Employ integrated pest management practices that reduce or eliminate the use of chemicals.

Read Sun World’s Corporate Sustainability Report