It's not that easy being green;
Having to spend each day the color of the leaves.
When I think it could be nicer being red, or yellow or gold-
or something much more colorful like that.
It's not easy being green.
It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things.
And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water-
or stars in the sky.
But green's the color of Spring.
And green can be cool and friendly-like.
And green can be big like the ocean, or important like a mountain, or tall like a tree.
When green is all there is to be
It could make you wonder why, but why wonder? Why Wonder, I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful!
And I think it's what I want to be.
--"It's Not Easy Being Green", Kermit the Frog
Shortly after the completion of the 2015 Harvest, we received a long awaited piece of mail...our official declaration as a "Napa Green Business". Now, we have been practicing Sustainable Farming since Day One (back in the 70's!) but this distinction came after many years of evaluating EVERYTHING we do here at Schweiger Vineyards. Justin Schuchardt and I looked at every facet of daily operations and thought, "how can we be more while using less..." ...some of the changes we have made in the past few years came in surprising forms...these include:
Personally, I think the most exciting thing about this is that it continues to set all of us here at Schweiger Vineyards apart as pioneers. As of today, less than 15% of Napa Wineries have received this certification and we are presently the only one in the Spring Mountain District. Furthermore, we did it all in house. Larger, corporate wineries hire consultants to list the changes to make and hire contractors to make the changes. This was a quest that Justin and I took on personally an learned as we did it. As a result, the changes are perosnal and heartfelt...not changes for the sake of change but change for the purpose of being more responsible stewards of this land that God has blessed us with.
We encourage you to take a moment on your next visit here to take a moment to just relax, turn off your cell phone and look at the natural beauty surrounding you. Take in a deep breath of that fresh mountain air, watch the bluebirds flying in and out of the birdhouses (keeping our vineyard insect and insecticide free), play with our winery dogs, and take a sip of our truly exceptional wines that are uniquely root to glass products.