At Santa Barabara Highlands Vineyard and Laetitia Vineyard & Winery, sustainability is a concept that carries over into every aspect of the estates, whether that's using goats instead of herbicide for weed control, ensuring that all of our employees receive a comprehensive benefits package, or contributing to the community in which we work, live, and play.
A passion for renewable energy and environmental responsibility can be traced to proprietor, Selim Zilkha, whose background includes founding a successful wind power development company. Bringing sustainable practices not only to the land, but also to the way in which we manage our employees and civic involvement, is an issue of the utmost importance to him and the entire family. Consequently, NADIA and Laetitia wines have come to be regarded as some of the highest quality, sustainably-produced wines on the globe.
This recognition that the approach it takes to vineyard management and winemaking impacts the community at large – as well as that of future generations – led to Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard and Laetitia's becoming two of the first SIP Certified (Sustainability in Practice) vineyards by the Central Coast Vineyard Team. This respected organization identifies and promotes the most environmentally safe, viticulturally and economically sustainable farming methods; and qualifying for SIP certification requires a rigorous third-party audit of ten criteria including water and energy conservation, social equity, and pest management. Examples of our commitment to stewarding its resources include vineyard practices such as re-use of compost and water reclamation and investment in cutting-edge weather station and soil moisture technology.
To learn more about what it means to be SIP Certified, please visit www.sipcertified.org