The 12 Practices
Practices are for practicing. Wineries do them all the time. ConsciousWineries tend to use specific practices that come from a holistic way of looking at things. They observe, pay attention to, and participate with their farms in ways that include seeing themselves as a very part of their farm. The energy of this echoes out beyond the farm’s borders into the larger environment that’s there, and out into the community that is supported by that environment. This holistic point of view is at the core of a ConsciousWinery.
From that place, conserving resources, engaging with the community, making wine that reflects the qualities of the particular farm, and farming in a way that gives back to support the land’s vitality for future generations are natural bi-products.
We’ve come up with 12 particular practices that show up repeatedly at farms and vineyards sharing this point of view. We will use these practices to raise a little consciousness around understanding what to choose in order to be making vital choices for both palate and planet.
We’re drawn to see these 12 Practices as changing expressions coming from living farms. Looking at the big picture, their practices will change in an organic way to go with the flow of nature’s cycles and the available resources to them. This list is alive and as such can change. Already, Carbon Neutrality is a practice that could replace one of the existing ones on this list.
We see these practices as common sense reminders; tools to learn about wineries that are offering a wonderful gift to the public by practicing agriculture with a holistic mindset at the helm. From that place, as we learn about wine and wineries, it might just support us in ways that we had never imagined. It might help save the world.
Welcome to the practices of ConsciousWine!
Animals exist in nature. They are part of the balance. When removed, something bigger is lost. There’s a vitality you feel when you go outside, and animals are part of it.
The wild factor. Monoculture (one crop agriculture) and land cleared completely, is just not healthy or natural. Biodiversity is a part of us and key to functioning well.
There are lots of them, and wineries who have done the work to become certified deserve to be acknowledged for those certifications.
We are part of something bigger than ourselves. So how, when and where do we reach out and interact with those things?
The energy required for a winery can be huge. Some wineries are tackling this issue head-on. Solar energy, natural cooling systems through construction, and biodiesel in tractors are occurring regularly at ConsciousWineries.
…is living on the land and even growing some of one’s own food there. This creates a union between the farmer and the land.
Treating workers well. Giving them the means for a fruitful, healthy living. A happy worker is an important ingredient in making vital, quality products.
Can a wine taste of place? After time it often does. Natural wine unwinds. When a bottle is freshly opened, it’s only the beginning.
Does conservation equal a restaurant being able to buy wines in kegs for their glass pours? You betcha! The ConsciousWineries are coming up with new ways to reduce, reuse and recycle in ways that may surprise you.
…is growing more than one crop on the farm. When a variety of crops and weeds are planted together, a healthier ecosystem is created.
…is giving back after taking. A vine requires energy to be taken from the soil and the environment. It needs to be replenished to be kept vital.
Conservation is happening in many, many forms at ConsciousWineries including: the use of drip systems, dry farming and recycling waste water.