The first and only U.S. sparkling winery with 100% of its estate vineyards certified organic
Domaine Carneros places a high value on preserving the environment and is committed to organic farming, not only because it is the right thing to do but also because it results in the highest quality wines.
100% Certified Organic Estate Vineyards
As early as 1992, Domaine Carneros began using organic methods of farming. Pesticides have never been used in the vineyards, and Domaine Carneros began replacing inorganic fertilizers with compost in the vineyard and using equipment to control weeds without the use of herbicides. By 2005, all 350 acres of estate vineyards were managed organically, and after completing a three-year farming requirement Domaine Carneros received organic certification by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) at the end of 2007. No other sparkling winery in America has this distinction.
Going Solar and Other Developments
In addition to its commitment to organic viticulture, in 2003 the winery installed the largest photovoltaic solar collection system on any winery in the world at that time, and led a series of seminars for other wineries to learn about the technology. Other conservation elements at the winery include lighting by skylights, night cooling systems to maintain cellar temperature, and building into the earth for insulation. There are also owl boxes placed in all four vineyards, which are inhabited and contribute to rodent management.