Californian Fetzer Vineyards celebrates this Earth Day what’s most important: a healthy environment and healthy communities.
This Earth Day, Fetzer Vineyards – among the world’ss sustainable wineries, announces the completion of its revolutionary BIDA® wastewater treatment system, which relies on billions of worms to clean up the winery’s process water. The California vintner’s worms – which work in tandem with microbes to digest contaminants in greywater – are at the heart of a natural system from BioFiltro that uses 85% less energy to clean winery water, regenerating up to 17 million gallons annually for re-use in vineyards and landscaping. The new system is one of a number of Earth-friendly innovations Fetzer Vineyards has recently introduced in an effort to preserve vital resources and find ever-more-efficient ways to put planet conservation on an even playing field with premium winemaking.
To celebrate the BIDA® system’s completion, Fetzer Vineyards created a video that showcases how the worm system works. The vintner also celebrated the system’s completion at an annual employee Earth Day celebration April 20th at its certified ZeroWaste, CarbonNeutral® winery in Hopland, California.
“From our worms to our winemakers, we have an incredible team that comes together to create innovative ways to make great wine while giving back to the Earth. Earth Day is a chance for us to celebrate and remember what’s most important – a healthy environment and healthy communities.” Josh Prigge, Fetzer Vineyards’ Director of Regenerative Development.
Working with Worms & Big Data to Conserve Energy, Water
Fetzer Vineyards – which crafts a portfolio of premium California wines including its flagship Fetzer collection of wines, available nationally – is the first American winery to use the BIDA® System to treat 100% of its wastewater. In January of this year, the winery announced another important sustainability milestone for wine: installation of a fleet of APANA® smart water meters at its Mendocino winery, where IoT technology and cloud computing will allow winemakers and facilities teams to spot water leaks in real time, reducing waste.
Fetzer Vineyards is the first U.S. winery to install this innovative technology, using big data to save as much as 25% more water. From worms to the latest IoT technology, this California vintner’s Earth-friendly efforts aim to be as innovative as they are effective.
Visit fetzer.com/commitment for more on Fetzer Vineyards’ regenerative practices, including its novel partnership with worms in the BIDA® treatment system, the winery’s B Corp certification and its support for conservation efforts more broadly.