Earth Day is one of our favorite celebrations. Of course, as a vintner, every day is Earth Day. Our love of the land and profound sense of stewardship shine through in the wines and our vineyard management practices, all inspired by my parents’ vision when they founded Iron Horse in 1976.
On April 22, we were live on the EarthDay.org platform with our friends and neighbors at Jackson Family Wines for a Toast to the Earth. I am so proud that Sonoma is at the forefront of positive, climate farming.
Naturally, we picked Ocean Reserve Blanc de Blancs, created in partnership with National Geographic, as our toasting wine. $4 of every bottle sold goes to help establish marine protected areas and supports sustainable farming around the globe.
The new movement is called Regenerative Agriculture. Here is a really great video describing what that means. See if you can catch my mathematical error.
We use exclusively recycled water in the vineyard and gardens. We are longtime proponents of cover crops and safeguarding diverse, natural habitats on the estate – floodplain, riparian corridors and our magnificent oaks. My brother Laurence is engaged in a major restoration of the Coho salmon habit on our portion of Green Valley Creek. Last year, we added solar power for our warehouse where our Sparklings are aging en tirage.
According to the California Land Stewardship Institute pilot program, based on our current practices, we sequester 280 tons of CO2, the equivalent of driving almost 700,000 miles a year. But rather than pat ourselves on the back, one of the tenants of Regenerative Agriculture, as I understand it, is that regardless of your baseline, the goal is to do better. And, we can!
Eat, Drink and be Green!