Sustainable Winegrowing

Sustainable_WinegrowingAt Margarita Vineyard, sustainability isn’t just a buzzword—it’s a true force of habitat preservation and resource conservation, as well as a contributor to wine quality.

Margarita Vineyard was planted on the ranch as a model of sustainability starting in 1999. No oak trees were removed, and wetland setback requirements were exceeded. Today, sustainable practices at Margarita Vineyard include deficit irrigation, natural cover crops, wildlife corridors, rotational groundwater usage and the use of compost tea in place of synthetic fertilizers. Vineyard pests are managed naturally by promoting habitats for native predators, a program that includes bat boxes, owl boxes and predatory bird perches.

Through these and other efforts, Margarita Vineyard has earned Sustainability in Practice (SIP) certification, which is one of the most stringent programs of its kind.

Margarita Vineyard is the home of our family-owned Ancient Peaks Winery, which is renowned for producing remarkable estate-grown wines with a vivid sense of place. Grapes from Margarita Vineyard are also sold to other notable wineries in the Paso Robles region.

Visit the Ancient Peaks tasting room in Santa Margarita for a taste of sustainability in action.