Reduce, Renew, Recycle is the mantra at Isenhower Cellars. It is good business and good for us. This is what we do and below is Brett Isenhower discussing our sustainability program.
- We reduce the amount of water we use though the use of steam to clean barrels, tanks, bottling equipment, wine glasses, drains, walls, and floors.
- Where possible CFC lighting has been installed.
- We use American made bottles. American bottles have a lower carbon footprint than bottles from China or Europe.
- All our wine bottles are stored in kraft brown case boxes and we reuse the boxes over and over again.
- The only chemicals we use in the winery are potassium hydroxide for sanitizing, citric acid to neutralize the potassium hydroxide, and potassium metabisulfite.
- Pressed grapes and stem are taken to a dairy farm for the cows to eat.
- We use Potassium Chloride instead of Sodium Chloride for water softening.
- Barrels that are no long used are swapped with a local plant nursery.
- Beginning in 2008 we stopped using metal ink on our labels. In 2011 we are no longer using tin capsules.
- Our corks are certified to have a lower carbon footprint than screwcaps and plastic corks. Plus the corks are a renewable resource and are recyclable.
- Beginning in 2011 all red wines are fermented with wild yeasts.