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Dedicated to Sustainability
As a family that has been nurtured by the land and our community for decades, we are dedicated to managing Joseph Phelps Vineyards under the guiding principles of sustainability. To us, this encompasses a commitment to the long-term vitality of the people we work with, the land we farm and the community in which we live. We are proud and thankful for the many employees who have chosen to spend most, if not all, of their careers here; from vineyard workers to winemakers to tasting room employees and office staff, we could not be more grateful for the people who have devoted their time and energy to Joseph Phelps Vineyards.
Our regard for the environment means that our vineyards in Napa Valley and Sonoma Coast are farmed under sustainable guidelines designed to protect the health of the soils, the vines, and the plants and wildlife with which we share our land. Our vineyards have earned certification under the Napa Green and/or Fish Friendly Farming programs. In addition:
-Our Home Ranch in St. Helena features hundreds of olive trees and dozens of fruit trees, naturally enhancing its biodiversity. We’ve also planted fruit trees in our Backus and Las Rocas Vineyards.
-We’ve installed owl and bluebird boxes in all of our vineyards, providing housing to birds that naturally limit vine pests and rodents.
-We compost our grape skins and stems from harvest and use the compost to add nutrients to the soils in our vineyards.
-We’ve installed solar panels on our Napa Valley winery to offset the majority of our energy needs.
Finally, as second and third generation members of the Phelps family we strive to walk in our father and grandfather’s footsteps through the Phelps Foundation, extending the legacy of active philanthropy which he practiced throughout his life. His commitment to Napa Valley, demonstrated by his donation of land both for farmworker housing and for a 480-acre conservation easement to the Land Trust of Napa County, is one that we wholeheartedly share.