By providing visual feedback of monthly water use, staff were empowered to make changes.
Using data from their Integrated Resource Assessment, staff saw the potential water savings available from a new barrel washing system. Their decision to invest in a new system paid off with substantial water savings.
In the production facility, water use is monitored throughout, allowing for continuous improvement.
As one of the original members of both the Napa Green Certified Land and Winery programs, St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery recognizes that sustainability is a path, not a destination. One of their key discoveries on the path to improvement is that day-to-day awareness and staff empowerment are critical.
In 2016, as part of St. Supéry’s Napa Green Winery re-certification process they participated in their first “Integrated Resource Assessment.” The assessment is a one-stop energy, water and waste audit that establishes baselines for energy and water use and waste diversion to evaluate areas for improvement.
After reviewing their initial water data, the staff at St. Supéry decided to focus on their water intensity metric. As a first step they trended the water data over time beginning in 2015 to show changes seasonally and with different operations.