The Etude Estate Vineyard, developed in 2002, encompasses a long-term concept of sustainability that includes sensitivity to the environment and minimal impact on neighbors and the community. Winemaker, Jon Priest and Viticulturalist, Franci Ashton are constantly looking at new research and identifying new approaches toward excellence and sustainability.
Four separate wetlands have been identified and are protected on the 1300 acre property that encompasses 600 acres of vineyards. “Fish Friendly Farming” has been implemented to restore and sustain fish habitat and improve water quality. Special care has been given to maintain native flora and fauna, including hundreds of California Oaks, Live Oaks and California Bay trees. There are animal corridors throughout the property as well as owl boxes for the native owls to use.
We carefully nurture sustainable ways to protect our vineyards rather than traditional methods such as bird netting, trapping, or noise makers. We are always researching ways to protect the vineyard with minimal disturbance to neighbors and wildlife, to serve as an example of our continued commitment to natural and sustainable winegrowing methods.