Sustainable framing practices result in higher quality grapes and thus higher quality wines. Because caring for the land is a critical part of producing outstanding grapes year after year, sustaining the land has always been a top priority.
Under the direction of Corey Beck, the winemaking team at Francis Ford Coppola Winery has developed and nurtured long-standing relationships with some of the area’s most respected grape growers, allowing them access to exclusive vineyards with some of the most sought-after fruit. With a network of more than 150 neighboring grapegrowers, Beck and his team are regarded as leaders in the wine industry. They are known for their strong grower relations program, engaging hands-on approach with valued partner grapegrowers, and commitment to sustainable efforts in the vineyards as well as at the winery.
Encouraging Growers to Become Certified Sustainable
To better enhance the sustainability efforts throughout the grower network, the winemaking team offers to pay a premium price per ton for grapes grown at varying levels of sustainability. This not only helps provide higher quality grapes, but encourages our growers to become certified sustainable. We also provide trainings and support for growers to help them navigate the certification process and reduce their irrigation water use.
Additionally, each year after harvest, the winemaking team sits down with each and every one of their neighboring grapegrower partners on a one-on-one basis. Not only is this extremely rare, but the feedback that comes from these meetings is invaluable. It allows the neighbor growers a chance to barrel taste and see how their fruit is coming along, and gives the winemaking team the opportunity to further discuss the desired wine style they’re trying to achieve. Providing the growers with the winemaking goals helps them prepare for the next season and allows them time to improve and introduce specific growing procedures into the vineyards. Often times the tastings include the current vintage and older vintages, so growers can understand how the wine has evolved as a result of collaborative growing styles implemented over the years. The winemaking team has found that the growers look forward to these meetings and take as much away from them as the winemakers do.