At Lange, we celebrate the natural beauty of the Willamette Valley, and our investment in sustainability helps to ensure the health of our vineyards for generations to come.
In 2006, Lange Estate Vineyard achieved the highest level of certified sustainable viticulture through the Low Input Viticulture and Enology (LIVE) program. Sustainability goals and standards outlined by LIVE ensures the preservation of native habitat, watershed quality, and wildlife through rigorous biodiversity requirements and whole-farm certification.
Salmon-Safe certification for winegrowers focuses on reducing runoff from hillside vineyards and the enhancement of native biodiversity on vineyard sites. This Pacific-Northwest based certification program is operated in partnership with Low Input Viticulture and Enology (LIVE), modeled after European standards for Integrated Production certification by the IOBC (International Organization for Biological Control).
In an effort to reduce our carbon footprint, we have made the decision to bottle the majority of our wines in ECO SeriesTM glass. These bottles reduce stress on the environment by using recycled glass, optimized and green energy in manufacturing, and lighter weight glass reducing transportation impact. We also encourage our customers to recycle their wine bottles after they have enjoyed what’s inside.
The installation of a 41 kilowatt solar system provides a significant portion of our electricity needs throughout the season, keeping thousands of pounds of CO2 out of our atmosphere. We have an additional 12 kilowatts of solar panels spread across our properties. Our combined 53 kilowatts of solar energy has the yearly
CO2 cleansing ability of 13,780 trees!
More Sustainable Practices
Lange Estate has installed a water retention system off the roof of our barn, allowing us to reuse rain water for irrigation and spraying, instead of pulling water from a well.
During harvest, we compost all of the stems, seeds, and skins left over from crush for use in the vineyard to aide in growing the next season’s crop. We also compost organic waste from the kitchen and take pride in recycling as much as possible, including used foils/capsules from our bottles.
Domestically made glass, sourced locally, means reducing our carbon footprint.
We bottle our wines exclusively in domestically made O-I bottles, supplied through fellow family-owned business, Pioneer Packaging. The bottles are manufactured right here in the Pacific Northwest, and have an average of 70% recycled glass.
“When you get married and have children, you’re bringing new generations into the farm and into the world, and sustainability takes on a much deeper meaning and requires a holistic approach.” – Jesse Lange
We’re looking to make the highest quality wines – from growing the grapes all the way to our packaging.