Margarita Vineyard was planted in 1999 as a model of sustainability. Today, we continue to implement numerous sustainable viticultural practices to ensure natural quality in our wines while protecting the rich native environment surrounding Margarita Vineyard.
Our practices have earned SIP (Sustainability in Practice) Certification for Margarita Vineyard, the leading standard for viticultural sustainability. Following are a few examples of our sustainable practices:
We maintain raised worm beds to produce "vermicompost," a nutrient-rich organic fertilizer and soil conditioner. We brew this compost into a liquid form called "compost tea," which is then delivered to our vines via our irrigation system.
The progressive pulse emitters installed at Margarita Vineyard are much more efficient than traditional overhead sprinklers when used for frost protection. These emitters generate a fine mist targeted directly onto the fruiting zone, resulting in a 65 percent reduction in water use compared to overhead sprinklers.
Vineyard pests are managed naturally by promoting habitats for native predators, a program that includes bat boxes, owl boxes and raptor perches. Meanwhile, dedicated wildlife corridors enable animals to pass freely through and around the vineyard. We employ goat herds to provide a low-impact herbicide alternative for vegetation management. We also exceed all requirements for wetland setbacks.
A visit to Margarita Vineyard not only reveals some of the most spectacular vineyard views on the Central Coast, but also glimpses of a wide variety of wildlife that call the Santa Margarita Ranch home, including deer, mountain lions, bobcats, wild boar and even bears. We believe that the wild beauty of our vineyard and ranch contributes to the soul of our wines.