StoneRiver Vineyards is a small family-owned and family-run farm that is committed to sustainable agriculture. We believe that ecologically-sound and sustainable agriculture is a necessity for the long-term health of our planet and all of its’ inhabitants. Our goal is to be good stewards of land we farm and to leave it in better shape than when we got it. We follow a science-based, systems approach to farming that uses a pre-defined set of continually evolving sustainable farming practices. These practices are sensitive to the environment, economically feasible to implement and maintain, and responsible to the needs and interests of our eco-systems, communities and society. We also believe that following these practices make the wines we produce more complex, better balanced and more reflective of the terroir from which they come.
Our farming philosophy is based on the belief that the grapes we grow are dependent on the health of our soils and are only as good as the land we farm and our farming practices. Our sustainable practices are designed to protect and improve our natural resources and local ecosystems and to make them available for future generations.
In furtherance of our goal, we have been a member of the Pacific Northwest’s Low Impact Viticulture and Enology (LIVE) program since 2011. LIVE is one of the most authoritative sustainability accreditations in the wine world. As a member of LIVE we follow some of the strictest standards for environmentally and socially responsible winegrowing in the world. Annually, since 2012 we have been certified by independent inspectors to meet . See Sustainablity Practices for a more detailed discussion of our vineyard sustainability goals and practices.
we follow some of the strictest standards for environmentally and socially responsible winegrowing. As a member of the, one of the most authoritative sustainability accreditations in the wine world.
We depend heavily on sustainable management practices to protect our vineyards. We use cover crops Natural predators such as beneficial insects and birds are used to minimize pest populations in lieu of off-farm chemicals and pesticides. In-row cover crops and roadway grass strips are used for dust abatement to keep mites at away, and healthy vines are used to minimize disease and pest habitats. We use owl, bat and Kestrel boxes in our vineyards to provide safe nesting for these predators. We are careful not to use materials in our vineyards that can contaminate our groundwater or are toxic to the air we breathe.
We follow a science-based systems to farming that uses hat are environmentally healthy, economically profitable and socially equitable.