The month of April has been dedicated to celebrating eco-friendly and sustainable winemaking and wine-growing throughout California. During California Wines Down to Earth month, wineries all across the state have been using ‘green’ materials and a ‘green’ process when it comes to the production of their wines. To help celebrate ‘Down to Earth’ month, vineyards have invited the public to come and join them with wine tastings, eco tours, exquisite food plus other attractions and activities. California Life checked in with a few of the eco-friendly wineries to see how they are celebrating California Wines Down to Earth month.
In Monterey County, sustainability is always a must. The winegrowers of this beautiful county live off the land and therefore believe that it is incredibly important to take care of that land. The sustainable practices and location of Monterey County vineyards make for a variety of grapes.
Livermore Valley is committed to an eco-friendly lifestyle, practiced by the farmers and winegrowers of the area. To keep the vineyards as natural as possible, winegrowers have stayed up to date with the latest techniques in sustainability such as building bird boxes in the vineyards to encourage natural predators such as owls and hawks which help to reduce the amount of insects. By doing this, there is less of a need for insecticide.
El Dorado Wine Country
There is a lot of diversity throughout the slope of the foothills which allows for uniqueness in the wines. El Dorado Wine Country practices sustainability by simple water conservation. This helps for uniqueness in the wines as the vines like to have just enough water to ripen fruit rather than extra or too much water.
Do you want to take part in California Wines Down to Earth festivities? Head to discovercaliforniawines.com to see what is going on at a vineyard in your area!