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.
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 an 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.Our wastewater treatment system, completed in October 2009, processes 100% of our winery effluent and domestic sewage. It is the first of its kind for a British Columbia winery and allows us to be completely non-reliant on municipal or private waste disposal providers.
- 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. In partnership with Okanagan Similkameen Wildlife Habitat Stewardship to identify and enhance wildlife diversity.
- 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.