When you drink our wine, do you ever feel like pulling a Bruno Tonioli and screaming "TEN!" with some oddly emphatic arm movement...?! Or maybe you have no clue what that reference is (psst... Dancing With the Stars), but, you still get incredibly excited with wine-induced emotion when having a glass of Fiddlehead. Yeah? You're not alone, because the Wine Enthusiast does too! Check out the reviews of 'Happy Canyon' and 'Lollapalooza' as seen in the June 2015 Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide:
We believe that quality wines start first with quality vineyards. Here's how we continue to ensure Fiddlestix Vineyard produces the best grapes possible for years to come and uphold our "Sustainability in Practice" (SIP) certification: 1. Social responsibility - We offer competitive wages, medical insurance, training, and education to our workers. 2. Water conservation - We regularly monitor soils, plants, and weather, irrigating vines only when needed. 3. Clean Water - We keep water clean by growing grasses to reduce erosion and filter storm runoff. 4. Safe Pest Management - We introduce beneficial insects, attract raptors, and plant enriching cover crops to keep vineyards healthy. 5. Energy Efficiency - We minimize tractor use to reduce our carbon footprint, and use alternative fuels and energy sources like wind and solar. 6. Habitat - We create wildlife corridors to give animals access to traditional watering holes and food, helping them maintain biodiversity. 7. Third Party Audit - We verify adherence to SIP's strict standards through third party documentation and onsite inspection. 8. Improvement - We annually update and regularly peer review the farming standards, as best management practices evolve with new science, technology and research. And it doesn't stop at our efforts in Santa Barbara County. Our source for Pinot Noir in Oregon - Alloro Vineyard - participates in a similar program: "Low Input Viticulture & Enology," or LIVE (click to read more).
Like many of you, we like clean air, crisp water, and polar bears... I mean, who wouldn't? Fun fact, polar bears love Pinot, who knew?! Since we want to do our part to protect the environment (and these fuzzy, Pinot lovin' creatures) it all starts with being sustainable. Here are a few facts about Fiddlestix, our Estate Vineyard and its Sustainability in Practice (SIP) certification: 1. Fiddlestix Vineyard is honored to be SIP Certified since 2014. 2. SIP considers the the whole farm - from the environment to employees to the business sustainability in the community. 3. SIP prohibits the use of high-risk pesticides. 4. SIP requires its candidates to meet nine other criteria, not required by the USDA national organic program and the Biodynamics program, including water conservation, social responsibility and sound business practices. We greatly value our little, 100 acre slice of Pinot paradise therefore we protect the vineyard so that it can continue to produce fantastic grapes for years to come. If you want to learn more about the SIP program, visit their website.