In 1972, Jack and Dolores Cakebread purchased 22-acres of farmland in Rutherford that became Cakebread Cellars and began a lifetime of commitment to protecting the land for future generations. Sons Bruce and Dennis have continued the legacy of environmental responsibility at the family-owned winery, with green practices including sustainable and organic farming, diligent water and energy conservation and extensive recycling operations.
Celebrating their 50th harvest in 2023, Cakebread Cellars recently achieved Silver Member status with International Wineries for Climate Action (IWCA), among certifications that includes Napa Green Certified Winery and Vineyards, Fish Friendly Farming, and the California Green Medal Business Award. IWCA membership requires a rigorous, science-based approach to tracking and reducing carbon emissions, and a commitment to achieving net zero emissions by 2050.
The team continues to implement new technologies including precision irrigation, UV light for cleaning and microturbines, all of which work to minimize water and energy use. Composting programs, widespread use of cover crops and natural pest control support biodiversity and soil health in 17 estate vineyards.
With an unwavering commitment to the creation of a lasting legacy, Cakebread’s stewardship efforts protect and enhance the resources and ecosystems that make these wines possible for today, and generations to come.