At Ridge, we’re committed to sustainability and organic farming of our vineyards. We are the largest grower of organically certified grapes in Sonoma County and in the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation.
Sustainability is both a philosophy and a set of environmentally responsible practices designed to safeguard the land on which we grow our grapes. It seeks to conserve and renew natural resources, protect wildlife habitats, and ensure the safety and economic security of our employees.
Organic farming goes further by eschewing the use of synthetic chemicals in the vineyard in favor of natural methods of maintaining soil health, controlling vine pests and diseases, and combating weeds and mildew.
Wineries can earn certification from third party agencies for sustainability and/or organic farming, with organic certification requiring a rigorous, three-year process of compliance with a long check list of requirements.
In 2008, we began transitioning to organic farming, which brought our viticultural practices in line with our traditional winemaking approach, which employs only the non-invasive treatments used in fine winemaking prior to the 1940s. As of July, 2017, 315 acres of vines at our Monte Bello, Lytton Springs, Geyserville, and East Bench vineyards are certified organic. (Many of our growers also have moved from certified sustainable to certified organic status as they witness the positive effects of organic viticulture on their vineyards and on grape and wine quality.) Additionally, all the vineyards we farm are certified Sustainable by Fish Friendly Farming, a certification program for agricultural properties managed to restore fish and wildlife habitat and improve water quality.