|Bottom of sign reads "Demeter Certified Biodynamic Farm"|
|No need for temperature modification in |
their cellar. Temperatures remain even.
Saves energy & good for the wine.
Biodiversity – the other “B” word at Benziger – is not a fad. It started at the winery in the mid 1990s. In 2000, they became Napa and Sonoma county’s first such certified winery. Benziger also earned the Natural Resources Defense Council’s “Green Growing Award” for water stewardship. Benziger’s commitment to biodiversity was initiated by a genuine sense that sustainable agriculture was good practice; a respect for the earth and a belief that such practices ultimately make for better product – that healthy vineyards make better wine. While touring the grounds, I observed several different insectaries, areas in which plants of varying color and texture are grown to attract and retain good bugs (defined simply as those which prey on the bad ones). Habitats are maintained to create welcoming areas for birds and owls. This is better appreciated as a wine drinker when you understand that, as a result, no chemical pesticides are used anywhere. No poisons go on the grapes that eventually become the wine that you drink. No chemical soap is needed. No weed-killing herbicides are used that are absorbed into the soil that could be absorbed by the vines that nourish the grapes that make your wine.
|One of the habitats. I call them "zones."|
|Another "zone" with wetland area|
|Vineyard with "zone" lower left and other vegetation front|
and Cailyn McCaulay of www.TasteLive.com