For a winery, sustainability is about striking a balance between stewardship of the land and the operating practices that keep the business running. In any industry, sustainability requires dedication and commitment to operate a business with a higher level of ethics and environmental awareness. In the wine industry, sustainability can be a very involved process at every level. From management of the grapes and soil to handling water runoff, to installing on-site renewable energy sources or purchasing offsets, to aggressive recycling and waste reduction, or active employee instruction on greener principles, sustainable practices and certification are extremely important to attain, and those Oregon wineries achieving their sustainability goals should be recognized.
As a partner of Canvas Host, a Portland sustainable web host, OregonWines.com is committed to helping educate consumers about the importance of sustainable wineries. This directory features Oregon wineries involved in sustainability programs or that have been independently certified for their efforts.