Dedication, Quality and Concern for Our EnvironmentFrom the start, the Sokol Blossers were aware of the impact that farming and wine production would have on the environment. Before it was popular, the winery did everything it could to give back to the land. Today, the second generation of Sokol Blossers continue this 'good to the earth' policy through certified Organic farming, sustainable business practices and low impact packaging. In fact, in 2002 Sokol Blosser became the first US winery to receive LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification.
Our devotion to world class quality is paralleled by a desire to achieve it sustainably.Following the principles of The Natural Step, we pursue environmentally friendly practices in all phases of our business. This commitment to the earth will continue as long as the winery is in operation.
Click here to view our 2011 Sustainability Report.
- We use 50% biodiesel in our farm tractors and trucks.
- We use 100% renewable power in our winery and offices.
- We use a no-waste, energy efficient crossflow filter on our white wines.
- We recycle everything we can, from office paper to pallet shrinkwrap.
- We use unbleached paper products for labels, wine boxes and gift bags whenever possible.
- In 2006 we installed a 24kW solar array in our vineyard that provides 30% of our energy needs.
- Our estate has been certified by Salmon-Safe as a vineyard that protects and restores salmon habitat.
- We are part of the Governor's Carbon Neutral Challenge and report our carbon emissions through the Climate Registry.
- We farm our estate vineyards organically and received full USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) organic certification in 2005 and are certified through Oregon Department of Agriculture.
- Vineyard plantings of lavender, yarrow, rudbeckia, and Russian sage help to provide habitats for beneficial insects and expand our vineyard ecosystem.
- Our underground barrel cellar, built to US Green Building Council standards, became the first winery building in the country to earn the prestigious LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.