vineyard. A rainwater catchment system collects 36,000 gallons of water for every inch of rainfall, and no drinkable water is used for the landscape, saving an estimated 1 million gallons annually. Last September, two of Niner Wine Estates’ vineyards — the 148-acre Bootjack Ranch and 46acre Heart Hill vineyards located in the Paso Robles AVA — were SIP-Certified. “SIP Certification is really cool because it doesn’t just look at the vineyard itself, it also looks at how the vineyard works into the business as a whole,” said Cramer, adding that recently-implemented practices include the use of beneficial cover crops. “This change has really moved us in the direction of permanent cover,” she said. “This is really great for managing erosion, catching the rain and providing a habitat for good bugs.” The winemaker is happy to add that her winery is certainly not alone in its forward-thinking ways. “I moved here in 2004, and in that timeframe, I’ve seen a huge [green] consciousness rising in the county as a whole and North County in particular,” said Cramer. “You have the rouge, independentspirited cowboy concept plus the whole locavore, ‘steward of the land,’ sustainability movement. People are hungry for it. They’re curious and interested and they want to learn more.”
Winemaker Amanda Cramer
Being green isn’t about novelty — it’s about responsibility. It’s the way of the future.
Niner Wine Estates 2400 Highway 46 West Paso Robles, CA 93446 Call 805-239-2233 Visit www.NinerWine.com
SPRING 2013 THE WINEPRESS MAGAZINE
A Magazine dedicated to wine country in California