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Land Stewardship

The Jackson family’s wineries and vineyards rely on the health of our land. We recognize that responsible land stewardship is closely tied to biodiversity, which is essential to the health of any ecosystem.

Less than one-half of our land holdings are planted to vines, leaving the remainder to nature. We maintain natural ecosystems and riparian corridors that enable wildlife to inhabit or traverse our vineyards in search of water, food and shelter.

We have planted thousands of trees, mostly native oaks, on our properties throughout California and have implemented site-specific control measures, including creek restoration to remove invasive species and prevent soil erosion. We have also contributed to the recovery of the endangered California Tiger Salamander by establishing breeding pools on our properties in Santa Barbara County. Additional highlights of our commitment to land stewardship include:

  • Third-Party Vineyard Certifications – 100% of our vineyards are certified sustainable under the Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing (CCSW), Sustainability in Practice (SIP) programs and Low Input Viticulture & Enology (LIVE).
  • Water Conservation – All of our vineyards are drip irrigated to conserve water and the energy required to pump it. Pilot projects with soil moisture probes, sap flow monitoring, and “smart” watering systems further reduce vineyard water consumption for irrigation and frost control.
  • Integrated Pest Management – Our approach to looking at the whole vineyard ecosystem focuses on the cultivation of populations of healthy bugs that drive out pests. Rotating cover crops provide beneficial insect habitat and improve water holding. Hundreds of nesting boxes for owl and raptor populations control damage caused by rodents.