PILLAR 1: ELIMINATING OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT
This seems like an obvious choice but the reality is we have 340 acres at Bell Mountain, with only about 60 used for vineyards and our operations. The rest is untouched. A sea of wild oaks, firs, manzanitas, and native grasslands covers most of the property, providing a much-needed Carbon Dioxide sponge, pulling toxins out of the atmosphere. Yet, when the Kincade fire burned through the property in 2019, we lost so many trees, reducing the capacity of our land to pull Carbon Dioxide from the sky. This weighs heavily on me. So I think a lot about how we can have an immediate impact.
To eliminate our CO2 footprint at Bell Mountain we’ve focused on:
- Increasing the output of our seven solar arrays through updated technology to maximize our usage of solar energy
- Replacing fossil fuel burning vineyard equipment and trucks with electric vehicles which can be powered by our solar panels
- Refreshing our winery operations to increase energy efficiency, reducing our overall energy needs
- Planting back 1,000 trees to replace many of those lost in the fire