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.
By slightly modifying vineyard practices, Concannon Vineyard was able to decrease PM10 and PM2.5 (airborne particles in the atmosphere) particulate matter considerably. By using pumice as a natural ground fertilizer, additional nutrients and weed control are gained. Allowing natural growth at the vine base (versus chemical weed treatments).
By being involved and constantly monitoring the development of the fruit, vineyard operations is able to positively impact wine quality. Year after year trending of all fruit components allows the desired characteristics to be developed and highlighted in specific wines.
Refrigeration and tank temperature control systems were selected to not only be sustainable but energy efficient as well. Tanks are computer controlled to ensure unnecessary cooling capacity is not used. Energy efficient HVAC systems meet or exceed local standards. In keeping with sustainable practices, the Concannon Winery has installed a 150 Kwh solar system on the rooftop of the new building as an alternative power source.
Solid Waste Reduction And Management
Concannon is committed to environmentally sound business practices and continual research into new and creative ways to improve the efficient use of resources, such as water, energy, packaging material, raw materials, and transportation. Concannon also encourages employees to use best established practices. Concannon is committed to "Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle" which is reflected in the handling of on-site waste.
The three compactors represent two recycle containers and one solid waste container. Solid waste pick up has been reduced by over 75% since the addition of the recycling containers. Large barrels have been refurbished for continued use.
Environmentally Preferred Purchasing
During the renovation of the historic tasting room we choose to recycle where possible. The horizontal siding is reclaimed cedar and pillars from the original Concannon building dating back over 100 years. Vertical siding is redwood from recycled wine tanks. Fountain bricks are also from original Concannon building. Vendors are evaluated for their sustainable practices periodically and we are constantly evaluating our own products for packaging reduction where appropriate.
Neighbors And Community
Within our cultural values we openly address our social responsibility. One of the most effective ways is to decrease our waste stream through packaging innovations which benefits our environment. As an active community member we also had several open houses for community members after the completion of the new Concannon facility. Out of these meeting we identified several areas for improvement such as adding storm shutters on windows when operating in the hours of darkness and additional roadside landscaping. Senior management is actively involved in community issues and outreach. As a community service the winery hosts the annual Livermore Valley Shakespeare Festival at the wineries’ historic Ellen Rowe Concannon House.
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