Sustainability

We know responsible winegrowing can help contribute to real change, and it starts with making meaningful commitments. We’ve learned to do more with less, logging industry-leading reductions in water, energy use and emissions in our most recent sustainability reporting period (2017-2018). Here’s more on how we keep our sustainability commitments:

TRUE Zero Waste

We’ve been working to reduce our waste since way back in 1990, and today hold TRUE zero-waste certification. This means we have a verified track record of results in our commitment to leaving no waste behind. We do this by recycling just about everything and composting all of our winery waste—including grape skins, stems and seeds—and reintroducing these materials onto our farms as compost.

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Climate Neutral®

In 2021, Bonterra became the first nationally available Climate Neutral® Certified wine, taking responsibility for our unavoidable emissions and publishing our carbon footprint for everyone to see. In doing so, we made our business climate neutral, then did more, choosing to offset more emissions than we produce, from grape to shelf. We know the world urgently needs brands to take responsibility for our impact and help regenerate the earth—and certifications like Climate Neutral® and the accountability they bring are a great start. Looking ahead, the carbon offsets we purchase help make the world a more climate-resilient place through reforestation, and we’re looking at opportunities to reduce downstream emissions during product end-of-life while increasing carbon drawdown through enhanced regenerative agriculture programs on our farms.

Supply Chain & Regenerative Farming

Our glass is made from 35% recycled material, and we are actively expanding alternative packaging offerings including cans, Bag-In-Box and kegged offerings. We also look beyond the winery to our farm partners, working with grape growers to convert to organic farming practices. To date, scores of our farm partners have converted to organic farming, helping grow climate-smart regeneratively farmed acreage in California. Funding research highlighting the climate benefits of regenerative farming encourages still others to adopt regenerative agriculture, recognized for its value in the fight against climate change.

Workers & Community

Our purposeful approach extends to people and communities, with a goal to enhance the lives of those we work with, and the places where we work. We pay everyone at Bonterra a living wage, and offer a variety of programs that promote quality of life, education and continuous improvement, including free English as a second language (ESL) courses and financial literacy programs. As a Certified B Corporation, we are committed to supporting our community, with programs including community garden support, educational initiatives and direct relief to frontline workers during crises.

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