"Sustainable vineyards were important to me from the beginning, as a farmer, and as a father. Our organic program is the next step in ensuring not only that this winery will be around for future generations, but that this land will be, too." — Pat Garvey Vineyard Director & Proprietor
The Komes and Garvey families of Flora Springs Winery & Vineyards came to the wine business as farmers first. Our love of the land influences everything we do. Every wine we produce, from Trilogy, which comes from the first vineyard to capture our hearts, to our single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons, is crafted to express the beauty, the unique soils, and the microclimate of their respective vineyard sites.
As our family has grown, so have our vineyards, and we now own 650 acres of vineyards throughout the Napa Valley, in some of the region's most-coveted sub-appellations, including Rutherford, St. Helena, Oakville and Carneros. From the beginning, we've farmed our vineyards using sustainable practices. Not only do these practices make for good neighbors, healthy vineyard workers, and an ecologically-sound place to live and work, they also make for what we think are some pretty outstanding grapes. Several years ago, we started farming organically wherever possible, and after the required three-year application-process through the CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers), 120 acres of our vineyards are now certified-organic. An additional 240 acres will be certified in 2010. That's close to 40% of our estate vineyards, and accounts for nearly all of the grapes that go into our red wines.
Farming sustainably is just one part of Flora Springs' ongoing green efforts. In 2007 we implemented solar power at our historic stone winery. The decision to go solar was an easy one for us, and one that aligns perfectly with our mission to honor Flora, our mother and grandmother, whom believes in being both a good steward of the land, and a good neighbor. Converting our red wine production facilities to solar power helps us to do both.
The panels take up approximately 6,500 square feet, and are mounted on a custom-designed structure that doubles as a storage and shade area. The panels generate 100,000 kWh annually, which will cover all of the energy needed for our red wine production.