Domaine Carneros is Napa Green Certified, one of the most rigorous sustainability certifications the winery industry offers. We hold both the Napa Green Land and Napa Green Winery certifications for our numerous efforts in water and energy conservation and waste diversion. We reclaim two-thirds of our water and through innovative packaging recycling and composting programs, Domaine Carneros is able to keep 90% of its waste out of landfills. As of 2019, we have offset 100% of the carbon footprint of all packages shipped through our five U.S. fulfillment centers. That's the equivalent of growing 66,667 tree seedlings for 10 years or taking 850 cars off the road for an entire year.
Domaine Carneros was one of the early adopters of solar power, installing the largest solar collection system of any winery in the world in 2003. Since it was installed, the system has captured enough electricity to power 230 homes for a year. Installing skylights, building into the earth, and using night cooling systems to maintain cellar temperatures have all contributed to further energy conservation.
In 2015 we were Fish Friendly Farming certified. This certification is gained through dedicated efforts by the farmer to restore fish and wildlife habitat and improve water quality. We plant cover crops to protect the soil, prevent erosion, and encourage beneficial insects in the vineyard, limit our use of chemicals to protect water quality, and revegetate with native plants to retain the natural biodiversity in our vineyards.
More recently, we partnered with an innovative company called Recork, which recycles our used corks and repurposes them into products that would otherwise be made from environmentally-harmful plastic or foam, like yoga mats and shoe inserts. Proceeds from those products are then used to plant more cork trees and invest in sustainable cork harvesting, which draws an increased amount of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.