Sustainability

When it comes to sustainability, we prefer to "walk the walk" without "talking the talking."  We view implementing sustainable practices as our moral obligation — it's part of who we are as people — not some empty marketing ploy.  Too many companies promote sustainable practices, but do little more than use "recycled" paper in their copy machines. 

Although you won't find us chest-beating over our sustainable practices, we are conscious everyday to make responsible decisions that will positively impact our planet. At Pacific Rim, we often ask ourselves to make difficult decisions — but we have found that no complex problem has simple solutions.  Our sustainability quest includes several pillars: reduce our energy footprint (without the use of carbon exchanges), become waste-neutral, increase the recyclability of our packaging and collateral materials, and — in an effort to make healthy wines — grow grapes without any chemicals.

So how are sustainable practices being implemented across Pacific Rim's business?

at the winery >>

  • Several features within the winery design and location optimize energy efficiency. We have centrally located our winery within fifty miles of all our vineyards, reducing our dependence on freight and therefore reducing carbon emissions. Sixteen skylights and glass roll-up doors were installed at the winery to offset the constant demand for electrical lighting.�| Extra insulation was installed in our walls and around our pipes; we also use energy cogeneration to produce extra energy from our water heater.�| And many of our winemaking practices are geared to optimize energy efficiency and reduce waste.�| For example, our electrodialysis machine (used to cold-stabilize the wine) demands one-fifth the energy of traditional cold stabilization practices...while enhancing the quality of the wine.�| Another example is our cross-flow filter and centrifuge that eliminates any filtration material waste.

in the vineyards >>

  • Pacific Rim encourages our growers to reduce their dependency on pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers that are detrimental to the environment. We're hosting a forum with our growers to share successful sustainable practices and to draft a sustainability charter focused on Riesling production in eastern Washington. And our Wallula Vineyard (which represents 30% of all our grapes) is farmed to meet the strictest Demeter Certified Biodynamic® standards.

packaging >>

  • Aluminum screwcaps, while energy intensive to produce, are a much more sustainable alternative to corks because they are infinitely recyclable.�| Our light-weight glass is made from 30% recyclable material and our boxes and labels are also designed to have a low impact on the environment — all these materials are recyclable.

office >>

  • Our offices are located in a LEED (Leadership in Energy Efficient Design) Platinum building — one of only 28 Platinum-designated buildings in the world.�| All of the building's heating and cooling is generated from an innovative geo-thermal heat pump system, which uses the latent heat in the earth via a 300' deep well underneath the building.

and one more thing...

  • Nicolas (Winemaker and GM) and Brian (Customer Service Representative) ride their bicycles to work.