in the winery
Recycling: Systems are in place at all of our facilities to recycle paper, cans and bottles. Office notepaper and printer paper that is made from at least 30% post-consumer recycled materials are used. Packaging supplies for bottling come in containers that are completely recyclable, including shrink-wrap, cardboard and plastic. Even the plastic backing on the labels is recycled.
Carbon Footprint: By reinitiating estate grown practices, we keep all mountain grapes at our Mount Veeder winery and send our Single Vineyard Napa Valley fruit to our facility in Napa. Truck traffic has been significantly reduced. In-house shipping reduces the carbon footprint even more by shipping orders from our own facility, allowing us to bypass a third-party warehouse.
Water Conservation: Conservation of water is mandated. In addition to employee water conservation practices we are initiating a system for recycling hot water used during barrel washing and bottle line sanitizing that results in a savings of over a half million gallons of water per year. We continue to monitor our water use and look for innovative ways of implementing other water saving practices.
Energy Use: Lighting has been evaluated by a utilities analyst and there are now energy saving fluorescent lights in place. The cooling systems in the production area are also being upgraded to highly energy efficient systems that will result in significant reduction (20%) of energy used. This is an ongoing effort and additional energy saving measures are imminent.
Certification: The Hess Collection participates on the board of directors for the Wine Institute and is involved in their development of “The Code of Sustainable Winegrowing Practices”. This is a standardized policy that establishes a set of sustainable standards for all wineries. The Hess Collection is also one of the first seven wineries to enroll in the Napa Green certification program to be certified by ABAG (Association of Bay Area Governments). The winery is also on the steering committee that established the “Napa Green” program.