Start your day sipping vineyard-designate Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs at a table in the garden or tucked inside the barrel cellar at Saintsbury. You often have the chance to throw a ball for the winery’s friendly dogs. You may also notice their 7,000 sq. ft. solar array which provides the majority of Saintsbury’s energy. They use recycled water for vineyard irrigation.
From Carneros head up in elevation to Jarvis Estate, tucked away in the Vaca Mountains. Jarvis was the first winery and cave operation built entirely underground, preserving the unmarred beauty of the natural environment. You’ll get to tour this grand 45,000 sq. ft. space, followed by an intimate, seated tasting of their Estate and Reserve Chardonnays, Cabernet Sauvignons and Merlots, among others. William and Leticia Jarvis have given careful thought to minimizing their footprint on the land, including an ecological parking lot built with sand instead of asphalt, meadows and native grasses and a solar array that powers every aspect of the winery.
When you arrive at Porter Family Vineyards‘ Coombsville property you are rewarded by rolling vineyards and sweeping views. The caves and winery are built into a hillside – a unique architectural design that you’ll also encounter at Jarvis. As you tour the caves and property you’ll try some of their estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and other Bordeaux-style blends. This certified Napa Green Winery focuses on water and energy efficiency. The energy they do use is produced by their solar array, soaking in the abundant sun alongside the vines. Porter Family uses Integrated Pest Management and planted insectaries that attract beneficial insects and birds that help control pest populations. Porter Family also believes in social sustainability and giving back to the community. The Porter Family Foundation supports education, child health and development, medical research and humane treatment of animals.
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