Of the 100 oldest businesses in the world, 10 of them are wineries. Family ownership and caring for the land allows for this type of longevity. As such, sustainability requires a long-term perspective, one that the Terlato family fully embraces. They view ownership and participation in terms of generations. As stewards of the land, management of their estate with minimal impact is incredibly important. At the Terlato Vineyards’ wineries, it is this responsibility that guides the viticulture and winemaking process.
The Terlato Vineyards winemakers’ practices include:
- Solar power: The Terlato Vineyards wineries have fully embraced solar energy as the main power source to reduce the carbon footprint.
- Recycled or reclaimed water for vineyard irrigation: Chimney Rock Winery practices vine water management. The winery is one of the first to use a device to measure vine water use directly, which allows winemakers to understand exactly how much water the plants are using and only give each vine what it needs to prevent waiting water.
- Integrated pest management: Terlato Vineyards winemakers use a combined biological, cultural, and natural approach to pest management. This is an ongoing procedure that has been in practice for several years, and changes with the changing conditions.
- Approach to pest management: Because non-specific fungicides kill beneficial insects and are harmful to humans, the Terlato Vineyards winemakers use techniques that target specific insect or fungus in order to minimize environmental and health risks.
- Cover crops: Cover crops are planted between vineyard rows to help improve soil health. These crops absorb any unneeded moisture from the vines to prevent rotting, fungus, disease, and anything else that is harmful to our plants.