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Sonoma Sustainable

In January 2014, Sonoma County Winegrowers announced it would become the nation’s first 100% certified sustainable wine region. The goal of the Sonoma County Sustainability Program is to preserve agriculture and multi-generational family farms that are practicing sustainable farming, defined as being 1) socially responsible in their relationships with their employees, neighbors, and community, 2) environmentally conscientious with their farming and winery practices, and 3) economically viable as a business.

Ken, Lucy, Austin, and Melissa Moholt-Siebert with the new Kubota Tractor, on Siebert Ranch

 

Most of Sonoma County grape-growing is done by small farmers: 80% of the county’s vineyards are fewer than 100 acres and 40% are fewer than 20 acres. There are 495 wineries in the county, with 70% of those producing fewer than 6,000 cases per year.

 

Sonoma County grape farmers and winemakers are dependent on a healthy environment to grow the best grapes. We have long been at the forefront of creating and utilizing sustainable practices, so our commitment to 100% sustainability will ensure our businesses, our rural lifestyle, and our agricultural heritage will be maintained for years to come.

 

 

 

All of Ancient Oak Cellars’ estate vineyards are certified sustainable, and all of our growers are either certified or in the process of certification. But more important than individual certification, all of us are actively practicing sustainable farming, because we planted the vineyards, or earlier generations of our family planted them, and we live on our vineyards — our kids have grown and played here, and we look forward to our grandkids being able to grow and play here as well. We also have a multi-generational relationship with those who help us tend this land — many members of the Becerra family have worked with several generations of the Siebert family, and continue to do so. Our families and this land are deeply intertwined.

So, as you pop the cork on a bottle of Ancient Oak and enjoy it with your family, know that you are supporting the ongoing love and work of many families and the land we love. Cheers!


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