Located in Santa Rosa, Balletto Vineyards has become one of the most established and successful wineries in the area. Not only do they produce incredible wines, but they are very dedicated to cultivating sustainability. Through its various sustainability practices, Balletto Vineyards has attained awards and recognition for its efforts while bettering the environment.
Balletto Vineyard’s Sustainability Practices
Cover Crop: Every year, a cover crop – typically legumes – is planted after the grapes have been picked. This practice helps increase the soil’s organic matter, cycle nutrients, and provide erosion control.
Natural Pest Control: We have bird perches and owl boxes in each vineyard so that birds and owls will come and hunt for gophers and other rodents in the vineyards.
Compost: All our grape pomace is composted for about 9 months before spreading and tilling it back into our vineyard’s soil. This helps improve soil structure, increases soil nitrogen, helps with positive microbiological activity and provides other micronutrients to the soil.
Habitat Management: We make sure the border areas are properly maintained so that we protect the natural habitat and respect the land around our vineyards. We also maintain the Oaks and remove any fallen trees within our vineyards.
LODI Rules Certified Sustainable Vineyards: We sample soil and water and closely monitor the vineyards to make informed decisions and minimize the amount of fertilizer and other inputs that we use in our vineyards. Our vineyards have been third-party certified as Sustainable for over 8 years.
Recycled Water: All the water in the winery that is used for Wine Production is recycled and reused for irrigation and Frost Protection.
Soil Moisture Monitor: We use soil moisture probes in our vineyards at various depths depending on the type of the soil. This helps us know the moisture content in each individual vineyard, so we can custom tailor our drip irrigation to each individual vineyard and only water when necessary.
Solar Power: Over 10 years ago, We put in solar panels to help offset utility costs and usage. The roof of our pumping station is 100% solar panels and supplies about 25% of the energy needs for the winery. The roof of our barrel storage building was built specifically so that solar panels could be installed in the future at an angle for maximum benefit.
Community: We support the Sonoma County community and purchase locally whenever possible. We participate in local community service groups and donate untold amounts time and donations to help better our community.
Our People: We strive to create a positive work environment for our employees. Safety and social equity are very important in today’s workplace as well as an excellent benefits package is provided for all employees. We help with housing whenever possible and, within 6 months, we hope to complete building additional housing for more employees.
Through the various sustainability practices, it is evident that community and environmental impact is important to Balletto Vineyards. If you’re interested in visiting for a tasting, click here for more information. The Balletto family looks forward to sharing their incredible vineyards and wines with you!