Sustainability at Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars
At Lamoreaux Landing, we believe in sound environmental management practices, which minimize the use of synthetic fungicides, pesticides, fertilizers, fuel, energy and waste. These "green" decisions not only protect the health of our employees, consumers, and neighbors, but also insure our economic viability and continued ability to grow and deliver the best possible wine products for generations to come. Through a very detailed management plan, we are able to effectively balance:
- Soil biodiversity: By returning the pomace, leaves, and prunings from the vines back to the vineyard with additional mulch from our surrounding fields, we are able to restore the soil’s natural organic matter and virtually eliminate the need for the use of synthetic fertilizers.
- Vine vigor: Through the carefully concerted use of cover crops, mulching, pruning, shoot positioning, and cluster thinning we are able to train our vines to provide for the optimum levels of crop load and canopy density. This calculated effort places the vines in harmony with their environment and insures a healthy nutritional equilibrium.
- Water/Erosion: By utilizing 100% row-middle cover crops for soil retention, an aggressive mulching program to conserve moisture, and an extensive drainage tiling system with vegetative buffers to avoid runoff, we are able to avoid severe drought stress in the driest of years while preventing the adverse and compounding effects of an irrigation system.
- Disease/Pests/Weeds: Organic sulfur is the primary staple of our disease control program. Other fungicides and pesticides are used prudently depending on weather conditions and disease or grape-pest pressure.
Additionally, in our continued effort to reduce our carbon footprint and improve the biodynamic health of our vineyards, we have recently completed New York State’s Sustainable Viticulture Program, which is termed VineBalance. This program is endorsed by the Agricultural Environmental Management Program of the New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee, as well as by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. Additionally, Lamoreaux Landing continues to work closely with Sustainable Viticulture experts from Cornell University to provide ongoing improvement and continuous monitoring of our environmental impact.