Sustainability has always been important to Tantalus. Its ethos guides how we farm the vineyard, how we make the wine and even how we sell it.
While the subject of sustainability can be complex, the links between good land stewardship, the health of our business and by extension, the health of our community, are obvious. Nothing trendy here, just our long-held commitment to making wines of the highest quality in the most responsible way we know how.
In a few short years Tantalus’ vineyard will have hit the millennium mark. We’d like to think our sustainable business practices will give future generations the opportunity to carry on Tantalus’ legacy of growing and making exceptional wines from this historic piece of ground.
The list below represents a sampling of Tantalus’ ongoing sustainability initiatives. For more details, please contact the winery.
British Columbia’s first LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) Certified winery. Completed in March 2010. Environmentally friendly and energy efficient. Includes numerous green specs like charging stations for electric cars and unpaved driveway and parking area, to avoid a heat island effect. Our wine shop features custom handcrafted wooden cabinetry sourced from native Alder and the landscaping surrounding the winery, has been planted to bee friendly flowers and shrubs.
Climate Smart Business Alumni 2012. Successful completion of winery carbon emissions measurements and reduction strategy. Ongoing, annual program.
Naturally farmed vineyard. Hand tended. No use of herbicides.
Vineyard ecosystem biodiversity encouraged through the preservation of a 10-acre natural, dry land forest in the center of the vineyard, providing habitat and forage for native flora and fauna.
Vineyard bee-hive partnership with Arlo’s Honey Farm. We can see the hives from our tasting room and we are constantly reminded of the vital importance of these fascinating creatures. In addition to maintaining the health and robustness of the natural ecosystem, they also insure the orchards, soft fruits and vegetable farms that surround us remain productive. Their delicious honey graces our tables and those of our guests who care to purchase a pot in our tasting room.
Specially constructed nesting boxes to encourage populations of beneficial bird species like the Western Blue Bird and Sparrows.
Our wastewater treatment system which was completed in October 2009, processes 100% of our winery effluent and domestic sewage. The first of its kind for a British Columbia winery. No reliance on municipal or private waste disposal providers.