Discover the Pure Delight of Organic & Biodynamic Wines – Nurturing Your Palate and the Planet
April was Earth Month & May is Oregon Wine Month! What a great time to celebrate the beauty of Oregon wine country and to renew our commitment to protecting it for future generations.
If you’re a wine lover, there’s no better way to celebrate than by exploring the sustainable and environmentally friendly wineries in Newberg, Oregon.
Here are some local wineries & farms that are leading the way in sustainable winegrowing practices:
Alexana Winery – Farmed completely by hand, there are a variety of sustainable farming practices in Alexana’s Revana Estate Vineyard to promote soil health, encourage consistent and exceptional grapes, and ensure the longevity of their small vineyard. Inlcuding, cover crops, integrated pest management, being LIVE certified and Salmon Safe.
What is a LIVE Certification?
The LIVE acronym stands for Low Input Viticulture Enology and it supports environmentally and socially responsible wine growing through third-party certification and education. Their roots are in the Pacific Northwest and their standard is internationally accredited and recognized. Learn More
Salmon-Safe works with west coast farmers, developers, and other environmentally innovative landowners to reduce watershed impacts through rigorous third-party verified certification. Learn More
ArborBrook Vineyards – ArborBrook Vineyards is a family-owned and operated winery that has been certified by LIVE and Salmon-Safe. They use only sustainable, organic farming practices and have implemented many environmentally friendly practices in their winemaking operations. In January of 2022, Arborbrook was acquired by Cooper Mountain Vineyards, a family-run pioneer of organic and biodynamic viticulture in Oregon (est. 1978). This new chapter passes the property from one Oregon family to another, and brings Arborbrook under the management of Cooper Mountain Vineyards, which now farms over 200 acres of Willamette Valley soil organically and biodynamically.
Brick House Wine Co. – This winery has been practicing organic farming since its founding in 1990 and are a Demeter certified Biodynamic® farm. They use no synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers and their vineyards are LIVE certified. They also use renewable energy sources and have implemented many other sustainable practices throughout their operations.
Chehalem Winery – Chehalem Winery is committed to sustainable farming practices. Ridgecrest, Corral Creek, Stoller, and Chehalem Estate vineyards are LIVE and Salmon Safe certified. They do not use herbicides; weeds are controlled by hand and mechanization, and vineyarsa are dry farmed whenever possible to reduce the stress on ground water sources.
Trisaetum Winery – Trisaetum Winery along with Brixeur Spirits is a family-owned winery and distillery that is dedicated to sustainability. Each of Trisaetum’s estate vineyards preserve at least 50% of the natural habitat since a vibrant, healthy, ecosystem creates a healthier vineyard and more complex wines.
Vines may self-pollinate, but there is a whole living and breathing ecosystem that sustains them. Bees can’t survive the cocktail of chemicals and the constant tilling of soils often used in modern viticulture. In 2020, Trisaetum launched a 5-year project with Bee Girl to sponsor research to help prove the link between the quantity of happy native bees and the quality of fine wine.
Raise a Glass to the Future of Sustainable Winemaking when you visit these eco-conscious wineries and more during your next visit to Newberg.