We believe sustainable farming results in better, higher quality wine, and ensures the viability of our estate for generations to come.
At Etude, we believe wines are expressive of the place in which they are grown.
With this belief comes a commitment to a holistic winegrowing approach -- nurturing the soil, respecting the native ecosystems, and always working to reduce our environmental impact.
We are mindful of our role as stewards of the land, and we adhere strictly to sustainable agriculture practices that enable us to farm in concert with the surrounding environment.
In the development of the vineyards at Grace Benoist Ranch, native Oak and Bay trees were retained to protect nearby waterways. Twelve miles of wildlife corridors were incorporated in the planning of the vineyard planting to preserve riparian habitats and the natural migration of wildlife. Naturally occurring wetlands were protected and an erosion control plan was implemented to protect nearby waterways.
Native to North America and prevent on the Etude estate vineyards, it's common to see 20 or more flocked together, sampling the grapes.
Part of the Evening Primrose family, the sun cup is prevalent in spring and early summer. The bright yellow petals add color to the vineyards.
Native to California, the bay laurel trees found throughout our vineyards, have a distinct aroma that is strongest after a rain or on a moist, foggy day.
You will find Chamomile in big colonies throughout the vineyard, creating a blanket of white flowers in spring, though only for a brief time.
CERTIFIED CALIFORNIA SUSTAINABLE WINEGROWING is a third party certification program that promises the adoption of practices that are environmentally sound, socially equitable, and economically viable.
The FISH FRIENDLY FARMING PROGRAM is a voluntary certification program for grape growers who implement land management practices that help restore and sustain fish habitat on new property and improve water quality.
NAPA GREEN CERTIFIED LAND is a certification program that promotes the adoption of practices that minimize erosion and soil loss, reduce harmful inputs and associated run-off, conserve water resources and restore local waterways.
The NAPA GREEN CERTIFIED WINERY program requires the adoption of measures that conserve water resources, increase energy efficiency, prevent waste, and encourage employee engagement on the path to sustainability.
From the employee garden to water reclamation, our staff are always excited to share details about their favorite sustainable practice. As well as their favorite wines, of course!