Commitment to Sustainability
Our objective at Rutherford Hill is to leave our surrounding environment in better condition than it was found. The winery is fully committed to sustainable farming and green business practices across all of our operations. From Rutherford Hill's 100% solar powered winery to Owl Boxes in the vineyards, we are constantly looking for natural and "green" solutions that deliver the highest quality of our wines.
Rutherford Hill has adopted and utilized many sustainable practices, one of them being energy efficiency. The winery's solar panels are harvesting the sun's energy to both better the environment and our winemaking. CO2 off set of 33K trees, 1,316 tons of CO2 or 148,537 gallons of gas (see pictures below). Being a family-owned winery, we value the importance of energy conservation as it is going to promote future generations to help our environment. The Terlato family believes that many small steps can add up to a long journey towards making a genuine difference.
Additionally, we value sustainable farming efforts at our vineyards. Bringing the wealth of the modern advancement in knowledge and technology with traditional farming, Rutherford Hill embraces other eco-friendly initiatives.
- Not applying sulfur saves beneficial insects - We use modern compounds that only affect mildew sores and nothing else.
- We employ modern mating disruption pheromones that only target the intended pest.
- We use a high-tech water monitoring system that measure vine water use, so we don't over or under use water.
- We use specific cover crops between the vine rows that produce a natural substance that controls soil pests. The same crops also provide a home for beneficial insects.
- Owl Boxes and Hawk perches promote a healthy bird-of-prey population, which control the rodent population.
- Use of recycable shipping materials.
We hope the trend of becoming sustainably green continues to escalate in the wine industry. At Rutherford Hill, we strive to adopt more techniques that benefit both the environment and the winemaking process. We hope that future generations will continue to preserve our precious land and deliver the highest quality of wines.