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Sustainability

Foundational to the vision of Windsor Oaks Vineyards is the protection and preservation of all 710 acres of the estate. Owners Bob and Renee Stein reinforced their dedication to that vision in 1998 when they made an agreement with the Sonoma County Open Space District to leave 350 acres of the property untouched. For them, that decision came at the expense of choosing to not develop several luxury home sites, instead preserving the natural habitat for an immensity of plant and animal wildlife. Designated ‘Forever Wild,’ the land is protected in perpetuity.

With over 200 acres of vineyards dominating much of the rest of the estate, conscious viticultural practices are a must. While following the sustainable practices for many years, 2014 was first year our vineyards were Certified Sustainable by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance. Having already employed Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices throughout the vineyards, we hope this process will afford us the opportunity to build on a pre-existing program of environmentally-friendly growing. The certification, based around a comprehensive audit of the estate, mandates annual assessments and continual improvement to maintain the privilege of accreditation. Categories in the Certification assessment include vineyard health, habitat conservation, water use, resource management, continuing education, philanthropic endeavors and several others.

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