Person carrying grapes during harvest in vineyard



As of September 2023, we are officially Regenerative Organic Certified®

What is Sustainability?

We like to say sustainability ultimately comes down to this: Make it better, leave it better.

This not only reflects the wine we’re trying to make, but also the world we’re trying to leave behind.

Sustainability in the wine industry is not only about producing higher quality wine, but also about ensuring the health of the environment, supporting local communities, and responding to global challenges such as climate change. Our vision is a holistic approach that aims to balance economic, social, and environmental factors for the benefit of current and future generations.

If we’ve learned one thing about being responsible stewards of this land for the last six generations our family has been here, it’s that it requires constant innovation and action throughout the whole process all the way from dirt to glass. From our solar panels to recycling to our irrigation system*, to our Regenerative Organic Certified® achievement, a glass of AP wine supports a healthier, happier, more sustainable world for us all. (And the fact that the wine tastes better is just a bonus!)

“Many certifications just tell you what you can and can’t do, but ROC requires you to look closely at the biggest elements of your land, how they fully function together as one, and how one piece can’t be successful without the other.”

-Meghan Murphy, Sustainability Manager

What does it mean to farm regenerative organic?

Regenerative organic agriculture is a collection of practices that focus on regenerating soil health and the full farm ecosystem including soil health, animal welfare, and fairness for farmers & workers. It is overseen by the Regenerative Organic Alliance (ROA). You can learn more about the origins of ROA and their story here.

In the vineyards, our organic farming practices include the introduction of beneficial predators, from owls and bluebirds to beetles and mites, and intensive pest monitoring allows us to minimize the use of pesticides and herbicides. Cover crops contribute vital diversity and nutrition to the soils, and we utilize organic compounds whenever inputs (such as sprays) are needed.

Our grazing crew includes goats, sheep, donkeys and cows, who assist in the buildup of soil health as well as help with fire mitigation with dry brush in our native landscape. The sheep are taken care of by our livestock guardian dogs, Bert and Reynolds.

“Many of our vines are over 50 years old, and we’re hoping they grow for another 100. That means it’s really important to treat the surrounding area with care and forethought for the people who are going to come generations after us.”

-Joe Uhr, Director of Winemaking

Why Regenerative? 

We like to compare why regenerative matters to this analogy. Let’s say you’re ill, the doctor might prescribe you medicine and it might give your ailment some instant relief, but it won’t stop you or your body from procuring that same illness again.

But if you acknowledge your body’s needs and alter your lifestyle, change your diet, and build new healthy habits, you’ll likely reduce the number of times you need to see the doctor and mitigate illness. Regenerative acts similarly; it’s not a band aid for our ecosystem, but rather a deeper, fundamental change with the mission to build a healthy environment, healthy people and healthy state.

Regenerative organic addresses each element of our ecosystem and defines how they all depend on each other and work as a unit. Regenerative practices help minimize soil erosion, prohibit the use of synthetic chemicals, and promote biodiversity, thus preserving ecosystems and protecting natural resources for future generations. Additionally, focusing on the health of the vineyard through organic practices can produce higher quality grapes. This can result in better-tasting wines that reflect the unique characteristics of the terroir.

“Our land, both inherited through generations and acquired during our journey, is a gift. It is our responsibility to consciously care for it. Promoting environmental stewardship and sustainability is something I want to pass on to my own son and our ROC achievement shows our commitment to ensuring our land and practices are passed down to future generations.”

-Katie Bundschu