St. Francis Winery & Vineyards
For over five decades, sustainability has been a guiding principle at St. Francis Winery & Vineyards. The winery, named after the patron saint of the natural environment, has remained committed to responsibly producing the highest caliber wines from vineyards throughout Sonoma County since its founding in the early 1970s.
Today, winemakers Katie Madigan and Chris Louton work closely with the winery’s Director of Vineyards, Jake Terrell, honing this eco-conscious methodology from bud break to bottle. “Being sustainable is more than just what goes into the soil. It’s a commitment to preserving the health and splendor of this region for future generations to enjoy,” Terrell says.
In the vineyards, cover crops, recycled pomace compost and natural predators balance nutrients, ecosystems and biofilters. Responsible and efficient water management repurposes water from the winery facility to irrigate the vines when needed. Special drainage channels reroute precious rainwater around the vineyards, preventing erosion and protecting the local groundwater.
The winery also utilizes an array of energy-efficient technologies and predictive strategies in an ongoing effort to reduce its global carbon footprint. St. Francis Winery's conscientious approach to winemaking resonates into the local community. The result is a legacy of integrity, preservation and philanthropic generosity.