Green Spring Vines

At Elk Cove, we consider ourselves stewards of the land we manage. Our sustainability practices start in our vineyards, then continue to our winery and the broader community.

In the Vineyard

  • Salmon Safe certified vineyards
  • Cover Crops instead of synthetic fertilizers (Clover for nitrogen, Grass to prevent erosion)
  • Protect and restore our Oak habitat under guidance of the Oregon Oak Accord
  • Goats and longhorn cattle to control noxious weeds.
  • Biodiesel in all tractors, utility vehicles, and trucks
  • OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute) certified sprays only
  • Irrigation only used in the first 3 years of growth
  • Healthcare, a living wage, and paid vacation for full-time vineyard employees
Weed Control by Goat
Obvious weed control on our billygoat’s side of the fence.

In the Winery

  • Water and lees flow back to vineyard, not to streams
  • Hot water cleaning for most purposes to avoid over-use of solvents
  • Solar panels offset 30-40% of energy usage
  • We recycle glass, cardboard, batteries as well as all shipping materials from our bottle suppliers.
  • Recycled cardboard for shipping wine. No polystyrene!
  • Eco-Glass for over 50% of our bottles.
  • Electric car charger free to our customers on a first-come first served basis. (CS-100 Clipper Creek 70/80 amps, J1772 universal plug)
Cleaning Barrels with Hot Water
Cleaning barrels with hot water and steam

We believe that sustainability goes beyond our own acreage, so we contribute to several non-profits benefitting our community and our environment.

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