Happy Earth Day!
At Laurel Gray Vineyards our mission has always been to produce the best possible wines made from our estate French vinifera vines and assure every customer has a wonderful experience while visiting our farm.
Our ancestors, the Myers, were given a land grant by Queen Charlotte of England in 1773. We have remained in the Swan Creek area of North Carolina ever since and worked extremely hard to be good stewards of the land.
In celebration of “Earth Day” we would like to share with you some of the sustainable practices we implement here at Laurel Gray.
- Mulch pruning cuttings back into the vineyard floor adding nutrient rich organic material.
- Manage vineyard pests with as much natural and organic practices as possible. Spend a lot of resources on manual labor managing sunlight and air movement throughout the vine canopy and fruit zone.
- Located in the middle of the vineyards there is a spring fed pond which is stocked with fish. This provides a fresh, clean ecosystem where we monitor the health of our farm environment.
- We compost our grape skins and seeds along with other organic material, which is then recycled as potting soils, garden additives, and plant nutrients.
- All glass products at Laurel Gray are sent to a recycling faculty.
- Our well water is tested quarterly to assure naturally pure and safe drinking water.
- Our parking lot and drives are graveled and not paved. This allows rainwater to seep into the ground naturally without excess runoff.
- In the tasting room we use only 100% recycled paper products for wine packaging.
- We have preserved the old barns on the farm and returned them to their original 1930’s glory.
- During the summer months, Purple Martin birds flock to our farm pond just prior to sunset. They are natural predators of mosquitos, flies, Japanese beetles and other insects that damage our grapes.
- We place netting over our vines when grapes are ripening. This provides a safe and quiet means of control against deer and birds.
- Yearly we hire a soil scientist to extract soil samples from multiple areas of the farm. These samples are tested to assure all nutrients, soil pH, and micronutrients are balanced and correct.