For nearly fifty years, four generations of our family have enjoyed the natural beauty and biodiversity of Kimmel Vineyards. Leaving a legacy for future generations is at the heart of all we do. Sustainable Certification is a natural fit into what is already so important to us: Family, Friends, Wine and the Land.
September 19, 2011
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. For more information about their sustainability visit their website here.
- We strive for balanced vines that require as few manipulations per season as possible. This includes precision pruning, leaf removal and irrigation management.
- We also value biodiversity and preserve the resident vegetation as well as the multitude of trees, shrubs and grasses that populate Kimmel Vineyards. The vineyards sit on only 35 of our 1,100 beautiful and wild acres known as Kimwood Ranch.
- We routinely test our soil and vines to accurately nurture both as necessary. We are proud to say that we have not had to add nitrogen to our soils in over three years.
- Resident vegetation is left intact as a permanent cover crop throughout the year reducing soil erosion in the winter and dust during the summer months.
Vineyard Water Management
- Kimmel Vineyards practices deficit irrigation in an effort to conserve precious water resources as well as maintain a high level of grape and wine quality
- As stated previously, Kimmel Vineyards places a high value on biodiversity both in flora and fauna. Thus, pest management is handled on a case-by-case basis and small, pinpointed areas (hot spots) of high pest populations are treated instead of the entire vineyard. Restricted materials are not used.
- By preserving and encouraging biodiversity in and around the vineyard beneficial insects and potential pests co-exist. This natural balance is our greatest pest management strategy and tool.
- Kimmel Vineyards allows for a significant pest population threshold prior to taking action to eradicate a threatening species.
- We work closely with our winemaker, Bruce Regalia, to pick fruit at the peak of ripeness balancing sugars, acids and tannins.
- We strive each vintage to taste our wines in the context of reflecting on and improving current vineyard practices as necessary.
- One of the greatest treasures of Kimmel Vineyards is the ecosystem in which is lies. There is plentiful habitat for beneficial insects, owls, birds of prey, deer, fox, bears, fish and a host of other animals who call Potter Valley home.
- It is not rare to see a falcon soaring over the vineyard hunting for dinner or an owl sitting in a tree waiting for night to fall.
- The vineyards are a beautiful part of an even more stunning and engaging landscape covered with grasslands, trees, shrubs, mountains, creeks, and springs.
- Tractor passes are minimized to conserve fuel.
Neighbors And Community
- Lillian Kimmel (Matriarch of the Kimmel Clan) is an active community member. She supports the local Farm Bureau and the Mendocino Winegrape and Wine Commission. She is also an active member of the Potter Valley Garden Club. Additionally, every Thursday you’ll find Lillian volunteering at the hospital in Ukiah.
- An additional benefit of minimizing tractor passes through the vineyard (see Energy Management) is a reduction in exhaust.