Now marking its 140th anniversary year, Wente Vineyards has been farming sustainably since its 1883 founding, long before “sustainability” became a marketing buzzword. The estate remains America’s longest continuously operated winery—a longevity that can be directly traced to the Wente family’s multigenerational commitment to the land.
It’s no coincidence that across five generations, the Wente family has remained the steward of the same soils that Carl H. Wente first planted.
Wente Vineyards is a certified sustainable vineyard and winery from the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CCSW). Fewer than 10% of California wineries hold both vineyard and winery certifications, and Wente Vineyards is proud to be counted among them. The winery’s leadership in sustainable practices extends to the estate’s socially responsible initiatives, which benefit employees and the greater community and which were honored last year with the California Green Medal Leader Award from multiple sustainability organizations.
Today, members of the fifth generation challenge themselves to exceed Wente Vineyards’ sustainability goals every year. They oversee regenerative farming, energy efficiency, water-saving initiatives, fair labor practices and civic engagement—all because they inherited a 140-yearlong belief that ethical farming is not only good for the environment and community, it produces the best wine possible.