Medlock Ames’ Dedication to Sustainability not just an Ideal, It’s a way of Life
On April 2nd, Medlock Ames Winery announced the anniversary of their move to sustainable energy. They run their entire operation on Solar Power, from lighting the winery, to powering their electric vehicles.
For Medlock Ames’ commitment to the environment is clear. For them, sustainable energy is not just an ideal; it’s a way of life. They have made sustainability an integral part of their business; only using organic farming methods in their vineyards.
The dedication to Solar Energy has not only saved the winery money, but has also endeared their winery to many who feel that certain agricultural practices are hurting the environment. Their solar panels produce 140,000kWh annually, which is more than enough to fully power their business.
> Winemaker Ames Morison said, “We chose to invest in solar power as a long term commitment to powering our business with clean, renewable energy.”
But generating power is only one piece of the sustainability equation; it has become a part of every aspect of their business. They have enlisted Owls and Hawks to patrol the vineyard for voles and gophers that can devastate the soil. Their vineyard is often occupied by sheep and geese, which eat unwanted vegetation and help, fertilize the soil.
It doesn’t end there; Medlock Ames also utilizes the “horse and plow” method to cultivate their vineyard. This may seem like a bad idea, but tractors compact the ground and pollute the environment, something they are trying to move away from.
Medlock Ames dedication to sustainability is commendable. They have established themselves as leaders in the movement towards environmental accountability and renewable energy. For more information on Medlock Ames, visit their website.