Doc's Ranch Vineyard
By doing our part to improve conditions for salmon and trout in neighboring Fay Creek and other nearby waterways, we are helping to maintain and restore conditions for their eventual return. It also creates wildlife habitat for songbirds, raptors, frogs, coyotes, reptiles and others. All of these species share the same intricate food web as the salmon, and play an important role in the diversity of the ecosystem in which we grow our grapes.
The focus is on water conservation, soil erosion and land management for the vineyard. As an example, trout and salmon require cold, high-quality water for survival in all stages of life in fresh water. Fine sediment from soil erosion is a major contaminant that can degrade fish habitat and water quality. We worked closely with these agencies to ensure that we met high standards for controlling erosion and sediment runoff in the vineyard. Given the careful design of Doc’s Ranch Vineyard during our development phase, there were very few issues we needed to contend with, and we passed our certification inspections with flying colors.
Joseph Phelps Vineyards - Freestone Vineyard Estate
In the Salmon Creek drainage, on 100 acres of rolling hills once planted in apple orchards, this 50-acre vineyard incorporates biodynamic farming principals like composting, recycling nutrients, carefully managed irrigation, the use of cover crops, owl boxes to encourage raptors that control rodents, and non-toxic biological field and foliar sprays. With a goal of reducing irrigation needs, they have begun dry farming a portion of the vineyard and hope to dry farm the rest of the vineyard when the vines mature.