The Viticulture Association of the Santa Cruz Mountains supports sustainable winegrape growing and has worked to promote sustainable practices in our region’s vineyards. We have brought the programs of the Sustainable Winegrape Growers Alliance to the region, including the Self-Assessment, Energy Efficiency, and Ecosystem Management workshops. As well, our meeting programs stress best vineyard and sustainable practices, including cover crops, erosion control, canopy management, etc .
Since the first self-assessment workshop here in early 2004, we have seen in increase in the adoption of sustainable practices in the vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Silver Mountain. Estate vineyard certified organic by the CCOF: Chardonnay (Mt. Eden clone) and some Merlot (13 acres total). Also farms a local Pinot Noir vineyard organically. Contact: 408-353-2278, email, web site
Alfaro Vineyards – Preparing for CCOF certification on 2 acres (out of 14); sustainable practices include wildlife corridor, cover cros and sustainable canopy management systems, etc. Contact: 831-728-5172, web site
Kathryn Kennedy – Certified organic by the CCOF and sustainable; practices include minimal pesticides, no herbicides, cover crop management, organic mildew control, composting, biodiesel vehicles, integrated pest management, recycling, etc. Contact: 408-867-4170, email, web site
Legan Vineyards — utilizes organic practices. Contact Prudy Foxx
Ridge Vineyards: Ridge is committed to sustainable practices and is transitioning to organic farming on 56 out of the 120 acres of vineyard on Monte Bello Ridge above Cupertino. Every operation is evaluated based on how it effects the environment, community, and grape and wine quality. Practice include soil management, composting, integrated pest management, raptor roosts and owl boxes for natural control of gophers, etc. Code of Sustainability available on request. Contact: Caleb Mosley, 408-867-3233, web site
Sustainable Practices in Vineyards
Biagini Vineyards — Biodynamic and organic practices. No till, no herbicides, proactive viticulture management. Contact Prudy Foxx
Bargetto’s Regan Vineyard – 40 acres planted to 12 different varieties and clones; supports sustainable practices, with solar, biodiesel, erosion control, biological gopher control, etc. Contact: John Bargetto, web site
Cooper-Garrod – sustainable practices includie solar, biodiesel, composting, wildlife management, etc. Bill Cooper is on the Board of the state Sustainable Winegrape Growers Alliance, and is one of about 5 profiles on the organization’s web site. Contact: 408-867-7116, web site.
Lester Family Vineyards – Sustainable practices include cover crops, no till, no herbicides, emphasis on canopy management and proactive viticulture management to keep the vines healthy and more resistant to problems. Organic and IPM minimum spray program. Contact Prudy Foxx
Saveria Vineyards — Sustainable practices include cover crops, no till, no herbicides, emphasis on canopy management and proactive viticulture management. Organic and IPM minimum spray program. Contact Prudy Foxx
Terra Serena Vineyard – sustainable practices include erosion control, solar power, and an organic approach. Contact:
Windy Oaks – biodynamic and sustainable practices. Contact: 831-786-9463, web site