While the subject of sustainability is 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.
Sustainability does not just apply to vineyards and winemaking, it is important in every aspect of our operation. In the vineyards, we are committed to the practice of regenerative farming, the goal being to produce the best possible grapes in any given season while preserving and enhancing the biodiversity, soil, and the ecosystem of the land we farm as a whole.
We farm without the use of herbicides and insecticides and strive to use only organic-certified sprays. However, we reserve the right to use synthetic sprays as a last response to disease pressure if we feel we need to do so to save the crop (without a crop we can’t be financially sustainable). This has not happened for several years and we plan on keeping it that way. Additional efforts include an on-farm composting system, abandoning all tillage, the implementation of a year-round no-till cover crop program, the use of compost teas and other microbial sprays, and our ongoing collaboration with Arlo’s Honey Farm.
Further, we are heavily involved in the inception of the Sustainable Winegrowing BC (SWBC) program. This is the BC wine industry’s new sustainability program for vineyards and wineries, under which Tantalus plans to become certified in 2021.The program is widely recognized as the most rigorous and transparent of its kind in the world.
We would 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 land.