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 the 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 the 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.