For Immediate Release
Contact: Matthew Levy
Calistoga, CA (September 28, 2010) – Schramsberg Vineyards has completed the installation of a 466,806 kilowatt-hours solar array, which went live in September 2010. As one of the largest arrays in Napa Valley, consisting of 1,665 solar panels, the power generated by this new system will effectively eliminate the company’s annual $100,000-plus electric bill.
“This solar project is a huge step in our continual efforts to be good stewards of this land and protect this stunning valley that we have been provided,” said Hugh Davies, Vintner/CEO of Schramsberg Vineyards. “Dedicating a small portion of the oldest hillside vineyards in Napa to this solar initiative is worth it in my eyes. This is for future generations.”
The Schramsberg solar project covers 3/4 of an acre of land, and produces enough energy to eliminate the emission of 466,806 pounds of CO2 annually, offsetting the amount of CO2 absorbed by 700 acres of trees or produced by powering 2,981 100-watt incandescent light bulbs.
Since 1965, when Jack and Jamie Davies revived the winery, a number of steps have been taken to help preserve agricultural lands and the environment. In 1965, the Davies meticulously renovated the existing Victorian house, barn, caves and other property buildings, which date back to the 19th century. In 1968, Jack Davies was one of the pioneers in advocating for the creation of the Napa Agricultural Preserve, the first preserve of its kind in America. In 1998, the Davies Family established the Jack L. Davies Napa Valley Agricultural Land Preservation Fund, to support the preservation of Napa’s agricultural lands into the future. The Davies then began production of the Schramsberg Querencia Rosé sparkling wine, sales of which directly support the Jack L. Davies Napa Valley Agricultural Land Preservation Fund. In 2009, Schramsberg Vineyards was named as a Certified Green Winery and owner of Certified Green Land, through programs established by the Napa Valley Vintners. Now in 2010, Schramsberg Vineyards completed its most recent effort, the installation of its solar system.
Located in Calistoga, California, Schramsberg Vineyards is dedicated to producing handcrafted wines using the méthode champenoise technique. Wines produced by the winery include the “Signature” vintage-dated Reserve and J. Schram; the “Premier” vintage-dated Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs, Brut Rosé and Crémant Demi-sec; the multi-vintage Mirabelle and Mirabelle Rosé; a collection of winery only wines; and J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon, which is wholly produced from the winery’s replanted vineyards on its historic Diamond Mountain vineyard property. For more information, please visit www.schramsberg.com. Schramsberg and J. Davies are represented nationally by Wilson Daniels Ltd., 707-963-9661.