Thanks to its attention to water conservation, energy efficiency and environmentally conscious farming, Adelaida Cellars of Paso Robles has been certified by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance for both its winery and vineyard.
It joins the ranks of six other wineries and 10 vineyards in San Luis Obispo County that have already received the CSWA certification, according to Joel Peterson of Solterra Strategies. Several local vineyards have received the Vineyard Team certification for sustainability.
CSWA, a nonprofit group, was created by the Wine Institute and California Association of Winegrape Growers. Adelaida had to complete 82 prerequisites to receive the designation, covering factors ranging from harvest operations at the winery to soil-nutrient monitoring in the vineyard.
One-third of Adelaida’s vineyards and 90 percent of the property’s total crops — including walnuts and almonds — are dry farmed, according to a news release.
“For years we have carefully farmed our vineyards with earth-friendly practices,” said General Manager Jessica Kollhoff in the news release.
“The certification process allowed us to reevaluate practices and set necessary milestones in both the vineyards and winery, ultimately moving us toward our vision to create a legacy of excellence in crafting world-class wines from our estate vineyards,” she said.