Sustainable Company Practices
Wente Family Estates is committed to building on its tradition of environmental stewardship by implementing the three aspects of sustainability: environmental, social, and economic. The benefits of these practices include a healthier environment, increased quality and efficiency, more engaged customers, stronger relationships with our community, and higher employee morale.
- As an environmentally sustainable company, we take care of the land, water, and air that we affect through our operations in order to enhance the health and viability of our environment for future generations.
- As a socially responsible company, we respectfully interact with each of our employees, suppliers, customers, and community members; we value all aspects of each individual’s life; and we work to have a positive impact on each individual’s life both inside and outside of the workplace.
- As an economically sustainable company, we consider both the short-term and long-term financial impacts of our actions; and we consider whether each of our actions moves us toward our financial goals.
- We adhere to the principles of sustainability and environmental stewardship as outlined by the California Wine Industry in its Code of Sustainable Winegrowing, the Bay Area Green Business Program, and the National Audubon Society.
At Wente Family Estates, sustainability also means community involvement. Fourth Generation Winegrowers Eric, Phil, and Carolyn Wente have served on the Board of Directors at the Wine Institute as well as for other various community organizations, including the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association, the Monterey Wine Country Association Board, and the ValleyCare hospital board and foundation, raising monies to support healthcare in the community.
The Course earned Audubon International Certification in January, 2010. Also, the management at The Course is focused on several small habitat restoration projects and replanting of perennial native and drought tolerant plants in the gardens around the golf course. All organic matter is either composted on site or given over to the estate for their composting program, resulting in depreciated waste.
The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards uses locally sourced, organically farmed and sustainably raised produce, fish, game and meat to supply both its restaurant and catering kitchens. A full-time gardener tends the Restaurant’s extensive organic vegetable and herb gardens. The staff also utilizes a composting system to reduce waste and strengthen the soil. Water is conserved in energy-efficient dishwashers.
The dining room’s hardwood floors are made from sustainably harvested timber, and The Restaurant is outfitted with hand-crafted furniture made from recycled materials, including a communal table built from redwood recycled from 100 year old winery tanks by Karl Wente and Master Craftsman Robert Giddens.
The Concerts at Wente Vineyards serves sustainably-sourced cuisine prepared onsite by The Restaurant and Catering with Wente Vineyards.
Organic Olive Grove
The Wente family Estate is home to a grove of century old olive trees from which Wente Vineyards produces organic certified estate-grown, Oro Fino extra virgin olive oil. Oro Fino has received the coveted seal of approval from the California Olive Oil Council. The nurturing of these ancient trees and an extensive olive tree-planting program are a testament to the Wente family’s tradition of commitment to sustainable agriculture.
Wente Land and Cattle
The Wente family manages 1,600 acres of sustainable open range land not planted to vineyard, with 100 head of cattle providing grass management and soil fertilization. Led by Eric Wente, the Estate has undertaken a major oak lands restoration. Native acorns gathered on the estate are planted to grow seedlings, which are protected from grazing animals until established.
As part of Wente Family Estates’ commitment to sustainable practices, all four tasting rooms are designated drop-off spots for
Cork ReHarvest, a program focused on collecting and recycling used and surplus corks from wineries.
Cork drop off locations:
Wente Vineyards Estate Tasting Room
5565 Tesla Road, Livermore, CA 94550
Wente Vineyards Vineyard Tasting Room
5050 Arroyo Road, Livermore, CA 94550
Murrieta’s Well Winery & Tasting Room
3005 Mines Road, Livermore, CA 94550
Tamás Estates Tasting Room
5489 Tesla Road, Livermore, CA 94550