Statement of Principles
The members of the Ribbon Ridge Winegrowers Association have adopted the following Statement of Principles to document their commitment to producing quality products in a responsible, sustainable manner.
Ribbon Ridge Statement of Principles
We, the winegrowers of Ribbon Ridge, recognize the unique nature of the soil and climate of our American Viticultural Area.
We undertake to farm our vineyards in ways born of respect for the earth and concern for the creatures that share these hillsides with us.
We acknowledge the great contribution of our farm workers and pledge to be mindful of their well being and the needs of their families.
We honor the principle of minimal intervention in the natural system that nurtures our vines. This includes reducing dependence on outside inputs of all kinds:
We undertake to reduce our reliance on agricultural chemicals to the extent possible, bearing in mind both the agricultural and financial well being of our farms.
We consider the waters of the Ribbon Ridge watershed to be a precious and limited resource and pledge to engage in practices to preserve them.
We consider irrigation to be a tool to be used sparingly, when our vines are in their early years of establishment or when extreme weather conditions prevail.
We acknowledge the limits of our soils and accept that reducing yields in harmony with these limits will create wines more expressive of our unique location.
As winegrowers, we recognize the importance of balance in all things and strive to achieve it in our vineyards, our wineries and in wines that honor the diversity of vintages and vineyard sites of the Ribbon Ridge American Viticultural Area.