Continental Vineyards, LLC
December 1, 2016
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.
- Nutrition scheduling is planned for optimal vine and canopy management.
- Nitrogen applications are minimize to prevent overexposure.
- 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.
- 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.
- Irrigation scheduling is at the forefront of our wine quality 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.
- 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.