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Continental Vineyards, LLC

Date Certified
December 1, 2016
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Continental Vineyards

 
 
 
 

Sustainable Practices

Below is a sampling of the sustainable practices adopted by the Certified Participant. This is not a comprehensive list but provides some examples of the types of practices they use. 

Viticulture

  • Nutrition scheduling is planned for optimal vine and canopy management.
  • Nitrogen applications are minimize to prevent overexposure.

Soil Management

  • Tractor passes are minimized to reduce compaction of the soil.
  • Nutrient cover crops are planted to replenish the soil annually, and incorporate organic matter.
  • Tillage is minimized to reduce the release of carbon.

Vineyard Water Management

  • Soil moisture probes were purchased to monitor irrigation scheduling and eliminate over-irrigation.
  • Irrigation sets are incorporated at optimal times.
  • Soil is ripped to reduce pooling on the surface.

Pest Management

  • Mating disruption is used to confuse mealybug mating cycles.
  • Fungicide materials with longer spray intervals are used to reduce the number of passes.
  • A Mildew model is used to also eliminate the need for unnecessary fungicide passes.
  • Pre-emergent herbicides are applied in the winter to reduce the number of herbicides used.

Wine Quality

  • Irrigation scheduling is at the forefront of our wine quality management.

Energy Management

  • Irrigation scheduling is avoided at peak electrical hours.
  • New, more energy efficient pumps, and tractors have been purchased in the last two years to replace less efficient models.
  • Solar panels are being purchased to increase the renewable energy used by the vineyard.

Solid Waste Reduction And Management

  • Solid waste is sorted and all applicable materials are recycled weekly.

Environmentally Preferred Purchasing

  • Harsher, more damaging pesticides with longer re-entry intervals are avoided for use in the vineyards.

Air Quality

  • New pumps and tractors were purchased with Tier 4 exhaust filters to improve environmental out-put.
  • Tractor passes are reduced to reduce the amount of fuel used yearly.