Sustainability Looking to the Future

The vineyard management team at Shaw Vineyards believes in doing what is best—not only for the grapes but also for the environment. Looking ahead, we want to be proud to say we played our part in farming with sustainable practices that combine age-old farming techniques with innovative ideas that ultimately reduce our environmental footprint. 

Benefits of Sustainable Farming Quality Assurance

Sustainable practices have been found to lead to healthier vines that are more resistant to mildew and pests while reducing erosion with native cover crops. We have seen an increase in beneficial microorganisms that provide optimal nutrients for vine growth. Using more natural and environmentally-friendly sprays is not only positively impacting the grapes, but our employees as well.

Attention to Earth Our Methods

  • Deficit irrigation and ponds to conserve usage as well as provide habitat for waterfowl
  • Precision irrigation application using monitors
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM), which includes monitoring the vineyard for certain thresholds of pests before implementing targeted sprays
  • Cover crops with native plants to preserve the vineyard floor and erosion
  • Recycling sprayer to preserve fly-off
  • Targeted fan sprayers to minimize fly-off
  • Natural draws and wetlands preserved for habitat
  • Treatment for invasive species
  • Gentle viticulture practices = low impact to the vines whenever possible
  • High-quality grapes to encourage return customers

Ongoing Monitoring Investment in Quality

  • Test and monitor water frequently
  • Use artificial intelligence (drones) to help monitor vineyard health
  • Monitor soil health and minimal fertilizer application
  • Maintain a healthy working environment for year-round crews to keep a stable and consistent workforce

Doing Our Part Working with Industry

  • Work with Washington State University on research, traps, and monitoring pest activities
  • Working with Washington State Wine on VineWise Program
  • Participating in creation of a new Washington Sustainable Certificate

We say "From the Land to the Hand," but when it comes to sustainable farming, it actually goes both ways. By taking the extra effort to protect the natural resources that this land provides us, we ensure that we will be able to grow outstanding wine grapes for years to come.