February 10, 2022
by Leigh Matthews
St. Supéry won a Green Medal in the Environment category at the 2018 Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Awards, and for good reason. Achieving Napa Green Land certification in 2008 and Napa Green Winery certification in 2012, St. Supéry has more than 1,595 acres of land, two thirds of which they leave untouched, so as to promote biodiversity.
The winery has installed more than 100 bird boxes in their vineyards to encourage Western bluebirds, owls, and other birds to make their homes at St. Supéry. This is just one part of the natural approach the company takes to pest control, with the birds helping to eat mosquitoes, gophers, and other critters that cause vine-killing diseases.
St. Supéry has a Green Team dedicated to supporting employees in making greener choices. The company has a strict purchasing policy of only using materials that are at least 50% post-consumer waste and encourages carpooling for employees.
Between 2015 and 2018, the winery reduced water usage by half, and solar panels cover 80% of the company’s electricity usage, helping to save 923 tons of CO2. St. Supéry also recycles all winemaking, bottling, and winery materials.
A culinary garden was planted in 2012 and is fed with compost created from winemaking pomace. The garden provides fresh food for meals served at the winery and for local restaurants and farmers markets.
St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery is also involved in philanthropic endeavors, including local, national, and international community outreach. The company is particularly engaged with health awareness and children’s charities.
All in all, St. Supéry is a winery that has long demonstrated a clear commitment to sustainable winery and farming operations with a mandate to protect the land and environment for future generations.
In addition to making a wide range of delicious wines, St. Supéry also make craft brandy. And if you’re having a hard time deciding on any one wine, check out their wide range of tasting kits – perfect for a backyard picnic!
February 10, 2022