A Green Winery
There are now two generations of the Peju family working in the winery: Tony and Herta who started the winery in 1982 and now their daughters, Lisa and Ariana. The entire family is deeply committed to sustainable farming practices to ensure that the land, that produces award-winning wines, will be preserved for future generations. Peju Winery is recognized as a certified Napa Valley Green Winery, a Bay Area Green Business as well as a certified organic winery. In 2007 to encourage the employees to be more conscious of the environment, owner Tony Peju offered long-term Peju employees a $2,000 cash incentive to purchase a hybrid vehicle.
In September, 2007, Peju earned Organic Certification for its Rutherford Estate Vineyard from the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF). Peju has been moving towards organic farming practices in all three of its Napa Valley vineyards which include the H.B. Vineyard in Rutherford, the Persephone Vineyard in Pope Valley and the Wappo Vineyard in Dutch Henry Canyon. Currently, the Persephone and Wappo Vineyards practice sustainable farming, with organic certification goals set within the next three years pending regulatory approval.
The Rutherford Vineyard's organic certification is instrumental in Peju's commitment to increase its environmental initiatives moving into the future to help protect the land in the Napa Valley and beyond. The organic farming practices avoid the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and plant growth regulators while relying on crop rotation, compost and ecological-based cultivation to maintain soil productivity. In return, Peju is helping to sustain and enhance the health of ecosystems in the land and the surrounding areas.
"As part of the wine industry, we're not only in the business of harvesting the land, but we're also committed to protecting and preserving it for generations to come," Ariana Peju said. "Practicing organic farming in Rutherford is a vital piece in our environmental plan that will not only improve our health and ecological system, but will also yield high quality fruit in the vineyard."
With the sun as a plentiful partner in the Napa Valley, Ariana Peju launched the "Harvesting of the Sun" project by taking Peju solar in 2006. Caring for the air, as well as the land she grew up on, is her priority. To date, 720 panels have been installed over 10,000 square feet of the winery's roof and they generate power used throughout the winery. A total of 36% percent of the annual energy used at the winery is solar generated. During the 30-year lifetime of the system, a significant amount of greenhouse gases and air pollutants will be greatly reduced as a result of this socially responsible and environmentally sound decision.
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