Before delving into our practices, it’s essential to understand what sustainability means to us. Scholars describe it as “meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs” (Brundtland, 1987). At Carhartt, this translates into a profound responsibility to care for our planet. We work daily to ensure its longevity for generations to come; cultivating a sustainable legacy for our three estate vineyards.
In the realm of vineyard management, Carhartt Family Wines embraces ecological farming practices that are environmentally sound, economically viable, and safe for consumers. While not certified organic, we abstain from chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Instead, our commitment lies in composting, cover crops, natural pest management, and meticulous manual weed control.
Taking it a step further, we align ourselves with the principles of “regenerative agriculture.” This holistic approach goes beyond sustainability, emphasizing land conservation and restoration ecology. Our focus is on topsoil regeneration, water conservation, enhanced ecosystem practices, and building resilience to the impacts of climate change.
In our newest vineyard, The Canyon, sustainability is woven into every aspect of its steep canyon hillsides. With traditional VSP rows and a unique 4ft x 4ft ‘head-trained’ system, we ensure that every stage – from pruning to picking – is performed by skilled hands. Special tractors with tank-like track systems navigate around oak trees nestled between the vineyard of the VSP rows, showcasing our dedication to preserving the natural landscape.
Nestled 300 feet above the ranch, The Mesa Vineyard exemplifies the harmony between agriculture and nature. With vines running east to west, optimal sun exposure and a sandy-clay-loam soil structure create a balanced environment. Our vine rows, initially planted in 1996, have evolved, showcasing our commitment to diversity, sustainability, and the pursuit of excellence. It is the heart of our estate with diverse soil types making it capable of growing seven unique varietals.
Since 2007, 11 Oaks Vineyard has been a testament to our commitment of preserving traditions. Planted in 1986 with Sangiovese clones from Tuscany, this vineyard thrives amidst the Central Coast terroir that is quite similar to Chianti in Italy. The vineyard is densely planted with a mix of vine spacings that also has a single block of Montepulciano and Petit Verdot. Hand-farmed with intensity, it reflects our dedication to sustainable practices and the legacy we hope to pass on for generations.
At Carhartt Family Wines, we believe that 90% of winemaking occurs in the vineyard. By practicing sustainable and regenerative farming, we ensure that our grapes, the heart of our winemaking process, truly express the year-long efforts to create positive growing conditions. We honor the integrity of nature, allowing our wines to tell a story of commitment, passion, and a sustainable legacy.
As third-generation farmers living and working on this land, we understand the interconnectedness of our actions today and the well-being of future generations. From the ground to glass, Carhartt Family Wines remains steadfast in our commitment to sustainable practices, crafting wines that embody the essence of our rich heritage and the promise of a thriving future. Cheers to cultivating a sustainable legacy—one grape at a time.
Check out the specific varietal and row plantings on each vineyard HERE.