SALINAS, CA — September 29, 2020 – Scheid Family Wines is proud to announce its first ever harvest of organically certified wine grapes. The Petite Sirah grapes were harvested from Scheid’s White Flower Vineyard located in the Hames Valley AVA in southern Monterey County. It marks the first step in Scheid’s organic certification plan of transitioning all of its vineyard holdings to organic farming.
While Scheid Family Wines has been sustainably certified on 100% of its estate vineyards since 2014, this is the first organic certification for the company. “We are excited about our first harvest of organically certified wine grapes and even more thrilled that this is just the beginning,” stated Greg Gonzalez, Director of Vineyard Operations for Scheid Family Wines. “This marks our initial milestone in organic certification and is the first step on the path of transitioning 100% of our vineyards to organic farming methods by 2025.”
Prior to planting, White Flower Vineyard was open range land that had been used for cattle grazing for over a hundred years. The site takes its name from the limestone-flecked foothills, which look like small white flowers from a distance. “White Flower Vineyard is a place of tranquil beauty and great potential. With this first harvest, we’ll be crafting a Petite Sirah Rosé and launching our first organically certified wine in early 2021,” stated Heidi Scheid, Executive Vice President of Scheid Family Wines. “Our plan to attain organic certification on all twelve of our estate vineyards is a reflection of our deep commitment to sustainability and our core value of continuous improvement.”
ABOUT SCHEID FAMILY WINES
Scheid Family Wines has farmed wine grapes in Monterey County, California since 1972. With 4,000 acres of sustainably certified vineyards located along a 70-mile spread of the Salinas Valley and a state-of-the-art winery, Scheid Family Wines is fully integrated to bring high-quality estate grown wines to the marketplace. Since 2017 Scheid’s winery and bottling operations have been powered by 100% renewable wind energy generated by a 396-foot wind turbine, which also supplies enough energy for 125 homes in the local community. The Scheid Family Wines nationally distributed portfolio includes Scheid Vineyards, District 7, Ryder Estate, Ranch 32, Metz Road, VDR, Stokes’ Ghost and the recently launched Sunny with a Chance of Flowers, a brand in the trending ‘better for you’ wine category. In addition, Scheid Family Wines produces over 20 regionally distributed brands for specific clients or distributors. For more information please visit www.scheidfamilywines.com.