Since 1883, five generations of the Wente family have planted, grown and harvested fruit from their estate vineyards. More than a century of committed stewardship of the land has led to the development of the Wente family’s Farming for the Future program. Created with the health and well-being of its employees, the local community and the planet in mind, Farming for the Future is a system of practices that enhances the vitality of the soils, creates a balanced, sustainable ecology, minimizes water use and reduces non-organic wastes.

Today, it is the fourth and fifth generations who lead the way in protecting the legacy and ecological health of the family’s 3,000 acres of estate vineyards. Farming for the Future extends throughout the organization, including three estate wineries, The Course at Wente Vineyards, The Restaurant, The Concerts and every other aspect of the operation.

In 2010, as a testimony to what has been a long-held tenet of the country’s oldest, continuously operated family-owned winery, Wente Family Estates received certification for its sustainability with respect to vineyard, winery and company practices with the Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing designation.

Leadership & Stewardship

The Wente family leads a dedicated team committed to sustainability throughout the operations at Wente Vineyards. During separate tenures as President of the California Wine Institute, Fourth Generation Winegrowers Phil and Eric Wente helped oversee the development of the non-profit trade organization’s Code of Sustainable Winegrowing Practices, which “promotes farming and winemaking practices that are sensitive to the environment and responsive to the needs and interests of society in general.” Carolyn Wente currently serves on the Wine Institute’s Sustainable Practices Certification Committee, helping steer the transition from the current self-assessment program to a formal certification program in partnership with the California Association of Winegrape Growers.

Fourth Generation
Carolyn Wente, Fourth Generation Winegrower
Eric Wente, Fourth Generation Winegrower
Phil Wente, Fourth Generation Winegrower

Fifth Generation
Christine Wente, Fifth Generation Winegrower
Karl Wente, Fifth Generation Winemaker