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Sustainable Practices at Spring Mountain Vineyard

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In Our Vineyards

  • No herbicide or pesticide use
  • Elivette designated vineyards completing Organic Certification in 2010
  • Exclusive use of organic materials
  • UC-Berkeley partnership for experimental regimen using beneficial insects (SMV was first Napa Valley vineyard to pilot this regimen against vine mealybug in 2006 and continues this successful program)
  • Building of bird and bat houses in vineyards to encourage species that control pests by natural methods, not chemicals
  • Vertical Gobelet vine training method used in 70 acres of vineyard
  • -Vines follow hillside contours
    -Replaces erosion-prone terraces
    -Preserves topsoil
    -Meter by meter spacing @ 4,000+ vines per acre improves yield and quality
    -Optimum yields from low-production hillside vines
    -Few clusters per vine reduces stress on vine to ripen fruit
    -Canopy management on all sides of vine means even ripening and higher wine quality
  • Exclusive use of organic materials to control mildew
  • Cover crops sown on hillsides add naturally green fertilizer and preserve topsoil
  • Composted vine cuttings and plant material is recycled in vineyard and gardens
  • No till policy in vineyards preserves topsoil
  • No burn policy preserves air quality
  • Do no harm policy protects animal habitat and population
  • Use of sheep to graze on springtime grasses in vineyards means no herbicides or mechanical removal
  • Efficient, planned equipment passes reduce soil compaction in vineyards
  • Exclusively hand-picked fruit for block-specific small lot fermentation
  • Limited clusters per vine reduces vine stress and improves fruit concentration/quality
  • Conservation of water resources by capturing rainfall and directing into wells
  • Meticulous irrigation of 350,000 vines for conservation and optimum fruit quality
  • Use of C-Probe and Pressure Bomb technology to determine exact water needs of each vine improves fruit quality and conserves precious water resources
  • Placement of rice straw on steep hillsides during winter rains prevents erosion and loss of topsoil
  • Use of water bars to channel runoff and prevent erosion on steep vineyard slopes
  • Year round employment of trained vineyard crew provides economic stability and continuity of trained workforce
  • To learn more about Spring Mountain Vineyard sustainable practices in the garden and winery, or about our journey toward organic certification, please email pr@springmtn.com.
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    Media Coverage of SMV and the Vine Mealybug

    The Press Democrat, June 10, 2007
    St. Helena Star, February 15, 2007
    Wines and Vines, February 12, 2007
    IPM Innovators: Spring Mountain Vineyard

    Spring Mountain Vineyards uses a variety of integrated pest management (IPM) practices to ward off pests in the vineyards. This video takes a tour of the breathtaking hillside vineyards while learning about reduced pesticide farming practices. The video features interviews with vineyard manager Ron Rosenbrand and winemaker Jac Cole. Spring Mountain Vineyards is a 2009 IPM Innovator Award winner. IPM Innovator Awards information: http://1.usa.gov/QBNtvI