E. & J. Gallo Winery's sustainable practices
The California winery's commitment to sustainability originated decades ago in Sonoma County with the establishment of the “50/50 Give Back” plan which continues today: for every acre of land planted in vineyard, one acre is set aside to help protect and enhance wildlife habitat.
Gallo was the first U.S. vineyard and winery to receive international certification for environmental management systems – and their focus on sustainable and environmentally responsible farming is reflected in the following on-going practices:
- minimizing the use of chemicals, fertilizers and pesticides through integrated pest management and alternative programs for bird control and weed management
- maintaining stream setbacks that are larger than required by law to protect riparian areas
- combining multiple operations on single tractor passes to reduce emissions and soil compaction
- establishing wildlife corridors throughout the vineyard
Developing the Code of Sustainable Wine Growing Practices
In collaboration with the Wine Institute and the California Association of Winegrape Growers, Gallo lead the development and implemention of the Code of Sustainable Wine Growing Practices aimed at helping wineries of all types and sizes reduce their impacts on the environment. The
Code promotes sustainable practices that are environmentally sound, economically feasible and socially equitable. It covers virtually every aspect of the wine business including viticulture and grape growing, wine making, purchasing and building and maintaining productive relationships with neighbors and the local communities. Read more about Gallo's environmental stewardship.
The family-owned E. & J. Gallo Winery recognizes the importance of ensuring that future generations can enjoy the natural resources we take pleasure in today and
proudly supports American Farmland Trust's efforts to protect our nation's farm and ranch land, promote environmentally sound farming practices and improve the economic viability of agriculture.