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Sustainability

District 7 is committed to cultivating a sustainable future from grapes to glass. From the start, our approach to environmental stewardship has embraced growing and producing wines in a way that is good for the environment, good for our community and good for our business.

The world we share needs us to be caretakers and we intend to do just that.

Certified Sustainable

Our winery and estate vineyards are Certified Sustainable by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA), a statewide certification program that provides third-party verification of a winery’s commitment to sustainable winegrowing practices.

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Wind Turbine Harnessing the Power of the Wind

We are proud to offer high quality wines that are made using environmentally conscious practices. Our winery is 100% powered by renewable wind energy from an on-site wind turbine that harnesses the power of Salinas Valley’s inexhaustible winds to generate an impressive amount of clean energy. Not only does this sustainable power source fuel our wine production but it also supplies power to 125 homes in our local community.

Our 1.85-megawatt wind turbine produces:

  • 4.65 million kWh/year

  • offsets 3,645 metric tons of C02 emissions

The amount of renewable power produced is equivalent to:

  • Taking 710 vehicles off the road each year

  • 379 homes’ energy use per year

Sustainable Growing

We believe the best wines come from healthy vines. Being a sustainable wine grower means being thoughtful stewards of the environment and caretaking the health of our land for generations to come. We do this through low impact farming methods, water conservation and integrated pest management.

Drip irrigation

Drip Irrigation

Water is one of Monterey’s most precious resources. With so much of the county’s land devoted to agriculture, it is essential that farmers embrace methods to conserve water. Our estate vineyards use 100% drip irrigation equipped with technology that senses soil moisture and monitors plant stress. By carefully dispensing water on a vine-by-vine basis, we have been able to dramatically lower our water requirements.

Drip irrigation

Soil Health

Cover crops are an important tool that promote vineyard health through their ability to nourish soil with nutrients, prevent erosion, control vine vigor and discourage weeds. All of our vineyards have cover crops planted between alternating rows of vines.

Drip irrigation

Low-Impact Farming

We farm our vineyards using low-impact methods to lessen soil compaction, control pests and promote beneficial insects and microbiologic activity. We compost 100% of the grape pomace, stems and seeds and spread it back into the vineyards.

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Pest Management

We follow an integrated pest management strategy that harnesses beneficial insects to control pests. We utilize low impact methods, such as the application of plant-based preparations, to promote soil vitality through increased microbiologic activity and diversity.

Drip irrigation

Wildlife Habitat

There are over 250 owl boxes perched amongst our 12 vineyards sites to house these native creatures, which help naturally reduce the rodent population and keep our land in balance.

Winery

In addition to the wind turbine, our state-of-the-art winery is designed to minimize our impact through waste reduction and efficient energy use.

  • Energy Efficiency

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      Winery and bottling operations are powered by renewable wind energy

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      Utilization of lights with automatic sensors and tanks with insulated jackets to reduce heating and cooling energy needs

  • Water Conservation

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      100% of our winery water is recycled through our irrigation ponds for reuse in our vineyards

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      Through recycling, we use 50% less water than a typical winery of our size

Additional Certifications

In addition to being Certified Sustainable by the CSWA, all of our vineyards hold third-party certifications from:

  • GlobalG.A.P.

    GlobalG.A.P. Certification (Good Agricultural Practice) is an internationally recognized system that sets standards to ensure safe and sustainable agricultural practices and ensure product safety, environmental responsibility and the health, safety and welfare of workers. We became the first GlobalG.A.P. certified vineyard in the USA in November 2015.

  • BRC British Retail Consortium

    BRC is arguably the most rigorous, internationally accepted standard for food safety. With 25,000 auditors in 130+ countries, BRC is among a small group of accreditations recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative which defines best practices to ensure food safety for consumers. We have consistently received audits with a grade of ‘A’ year over year since our first audit in December 2016.

  • SIP CERTIFIED

    Sustainability in Practice (SIP) Certified helps farmers and winemakers demonstrate their dedication to preserving and protecting natural and human resources. The program’s award-winning rigor and integrity have earned it the reputation of being the gold standard for sustainable certification. Scheid Family Wines began working with SIP in 2017 and now has six certified vineyards, totaling over 1,000 certified acres.

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