Our One-Megawatt On-site solar array covers over 100% of our energy usage during the off-season and builds up a credit when our cold storage facility is not running. During harvest season, it supplies half of all the energy that it takes to run our operation and further reduces our carbon footprint and maximizes facility efficiency. At the same time it continues to add value to our product while helping to keep our Earth sustainable and clean.
An advanced energy management system (EMS) allows us to use energy more efficiently by managing the peaks and valleys of energy demand. Using this system we can strategically make adjustments through a collection of compressors, fans, and other loads in our cold storage to obtain optimum ambient temperatures and humidity in each room for increased quality and productivity.
System Real-time Visibility: Operations and Engineering teams record and measure quality and cold room temperatures for performance and reliability. Adjustments can be made to ensure our cold storage facility is running at its peak performance and keeping product cold and fresh all the while using the least amount of energy efficiently.
Facility lighting is Title 24 LEDs in the offices and high efficiency LED in packing facilities and cold rooms, all motion-detector controlled so lights are only activated and turned on when an area is being used.
No till farming using cover crops reduces water evaporation, inhibits soil CO2 emissions and prevents soil erosion. Cover crops are also specifically selected to help restore vital minerals and nutrients into the soil that the grapevines need during growth and production periods.
Our vineyards are 100% drip irrigation, which helps conserve precious California water when watering the vines. With water bloc metered to 20-acre tracts, we are able to use Moisture Sensors for balanced and targeted applications of water.
Culls and shatter from growing, picking and packing go to juice, concentrate and raisin producers for near-zero waste.
Waste vegetation, water, fiberboard and plastic from growing and packing operations are recycled.