Sustainable Practices

The Myers family has been good stewards of the land here in the Swan Creek area of Yadkin County for 10 generations. This is not only where we work, it is our home and we plan to ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy this beautiful farm as much as we do. Here are some of our sustainable practices:

  • 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.
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