Green Efforts: Trinity Oaks Winery

What better time to enjoy a cold glass of fresh, crisp, cold chardonnay then in the middle of summer; or, a bold, robust glass of red to partner with your favorite BBQ eats? Three of Trinity Oak’s wonderful wines will be on sale for the month of July, ensuring no matter what the occasion, you will have a good pairing at a reasonable price.

Trinity Oaks, based out of Napa, has a wonderful reputation for taking extensive measures to limiting environmental degradation and mitigating beyond what their consumption. Trinity in partnership with Trees for the Future has agreed to plant one tree for every bottle of wine sold. Thus far, from Trinity sales alone, Trees for the Futures has planted 7,125,952 (and continuously counting) trees across the world. Oliver’s is responsible for over 10,000 trees being planted through Trinity Oaks and Trees for the Future.

Since 1989, Trees for the Future has been helping communities around the world plant trees. Through seed distribution, agroforestry training, and Trinity Oaks country programs, they have empowered rural groups to restore tree cover to their lands. Planting trees protects the environment and helps to preserve traditional livelihoods and cultures for generations.

Trinity Oaks environmental contribution does not stop there. They have been at the forefront of sustainable wine growing for decades.

In recognition for Trinity Oaks efforts, they’ve received the Green Business Award from Napa County, and for eight consecutive years, they’ve received the WRAP (Waste Reduction Awards Program) from California’s Integrated Waste Management Board — the only Northern California winery to be singled out for the honor — as well as the WRAP of the year award in 2005.

With over 7,000 acres of vineyards, Trinity Oaks takes seriously its responsibility to the land and have sought to set a standard in environmental stewardship. That’s why they insist on using sustainable farming practices in all of Trinity Oaks vineyards, and incorporate organic and/or biodynamic practices whenever they can.

They also participate in the Napa Valley Green Farming and Fish-Friendly Farming certification programs.

Trinity Oaks in-house composting facility converts over 15,000 tons of grape skins, seeds and stems into valuable fertilizer for use on the vineyards.

Rather than use chemicals in Trinity Oaks vineyards, they strive to use natural combatants whenever possible. Trinchero Family Estates strictly prohibits the use of potentially hazardous chemicals like methyl bromide, karmex and omite in all company vineyards. Instead, they use botanical oils and use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to naturally control vineyard pest problems and minimize the use of agricultural pesticides.
At Trinity Oaks winery production facilities, they have managed to decrease Trinity Oaks water consumption to 1.5 gallons per gallon of wine produced — in contrast, the average winery uses 5-6 gallons of water to make a single gallon of wine. Plus, all of the water used in production is treated in-house and used to irrigate Trinity Oaks vineyards and landscaping.

Recycling is a comprehensive, company-wide effort at Trinchero Family Estates. Every department—including Trinity Oaks tasting rooms, shipping & receiving centers, and Trinity Oaks corporate offices— participates in Trinity Oaks program. They recycle everything! Packaging, shipping materials, paper, plastic, glass, aluminum and tin—if it can be recycled, they do it. In fact, Trinity Oaks recycling program has been so successful, they’ve been able to create an Employee in Need fund with the proceeds. They recycle 20 tons of office paper, 850 tons of cardboard and 100 tons of plastic every year. In the Winery they also insist on using a high percentage of recycled materials for Trinity Oaks production. Trinity Oaks wine bottles are made of up to 50% recycled glass, and they’ve eliminated the punts on the bottom of many of Trinity Oaks bottles to create less waste. They also incorporate recycled materials for Trinity Oaks shipping and have worked to redesign Trinity Oaks packaging to create less waste.

We would like to thank Trinity Oaks for using their resources in a responsible way, and showing wineries around the world that you can create a wonderful product and be successful all while doing the right thing. So, stop by one of our three locations and grab a bottle of this wonderful wine, benefiting not only Trinity Oaks but the land they thrive on, and the community you call home.

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