Since Bonterra’s founding in 1987, organic farming has been the first step in our winemaking process. We’ve always believed the important relationship between vineyard health and grape quality leads us to expressive, transparent wines. But with the planet’s temperature on the rise, we wanted to discover how the same agricultural practices that produce America’s favorite organically farmed wine could also help restore a healthy carbon system.
In partnership with Pacific Agroecology of Davis, Calif., we conducted a study in 2017 – 2018 to discover how farming choices affect organic carbon storage in soil and above-ground plants. The study’s findings indicate that organic and other types of regenerative agriculture have a positive impact on soil health, and encourage us to continue exploring the dynamic relationship between soil and climate resilience.