Sustainability, Responsibility and Philanthropy
As one of the leading wine companies in the U.S., Trinchero Family Estates has remained a family-owned Napa Valley-based company since the Trinchero family purchased the Sutter Home winery in 1948. Now, with over 1,000 employees; approximately 10,000 acres of vineyards, more than 40 brands, and millions of customers—we are custodians of our environment and our communities.
As an agriculturally-based company, we have a responsibility to our community and our roots—the land and the people behind the growth of our business and our brands. We strive to set the standard and an example of environmental stewardship, charitable giving and responsibility. Trinchero Family Estates has been committed to Corporate Social Responsibility for decades—from sustainable farming and innovative philanthropic initiatives to the way which we run our business and live our lives. The Trinchero family and management team is dedicated to not only creating quality products for consumers, but ensuring they are produced sustainably and enjoyed responsibly. The company strives to provide its employees with a safe and rewarding job and work environment, while continuing to uphold the values established over 65 years ago.
"The future of the wine industry rests in the conservation of California’s natural resources. Our family’s rich tradition of sustainability inspires us to make new innovations in protecting the environment. Through responsible practices we will be able to make the industry even healthier for the next generations."~ Bob Torres, Principal, Sr. VP Operations & Director
We strive to be an industry leader in sustainable farming, waste reduction/recycling, water conservation and energy efficiency with environmentally friendly efforts across our company and our brands. As one of the Trinchero Family Estates company values, every employee in all of our facilities, offices, wineries and vineyards is committed to sustainability.
- All of Trinchero Family Estates’ vineyards are farmed sustainably, including balancing each block’s yields with desired quality, necessary inputs, and water use.
- The Main Street, Green Island Road (GIR) and Westside facilities are all participants in Certified Sustainable Wine Programs.
- Advanced wastewater treatment systems have been installed at the main facilities that process thousands of gallons of water a day, one of California’s most important limited natural resources. The water in the processed irrigation ponds exceeds required standards, providing reusable water for landscaping, wildlife, and crops.
- 70% of all processed water is reused to irrigate our crops, returning the water back to the earth.
- The average winery uses 5–6 gallons of water to make a single gallon of wine. At Trinchero Family Estates’ largest production facility in Lodi, there is less than 1.5 gallons of production water per gallon of wine produced, saving millions of gallons of water annually.
- All of Trinchero Family Estates’ owned vineyards are sustainably farmed.
- Trinchero Family Estates is dedicated to minimizing the use of chemicals for pest and weed control in all company vineyards.
- Phylloxera resistant rootstocks, botanical oils, and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) control vineyard pest problems.
- Cover-crops like flowers, oats, barley and legumes build soil organic material and lure beneficial insects who feast on detrimental pests.
- Owl boxes are installed, giving owls a place to live, controlling rodents and other pests which cause damage to grapevines without the use of chemicals or traps.
- Thousands of tons of grape skins, seeds and stems are converted into compost for vineyards, nutriceutical use and cattle feed.
Energy / Greenhouse Gas Reduction
- The flagship Lodi facility was designed from the ground up with environmental considerations. It is estimated to reduce truck trips by 2,400 truck a year, totaling annual reduction of over 120,000 truck miles, saving on fuel and reducing related emissions.
- In the vineyards, most of the grapes are picked at night when temperatures are cooler, reducing the need for winery refrigeration.
- Trinchero Family Estates has invested in energy-efficient refrigeration systems, lighting and insulated tanks to promote efficient energy usage.
- Solar panels provide power for the facilities, helping to conserve energy. Solar energy is a natural, sustainable, renewable resource which produces zero emissions. The photovoltaic (PV) solar systems in Lodi and at the Clements, CA vineyard alone generate approximately 750 kilowatts of electricity, the equivalent of turning off 12,500 60-watt light bulbs.
- Trinchero Family Estates implements many reduction practices such as using ammonia refrigeration systems instead of high GHG potential chemicals; alternative energy generation stations reducing our demand from the grid; and minimizing fuel usage in our operations.
- Waste reduction is a part of the company-wide DNA. Over 2,000 tons of materials–including glass, plastic and paper–are recycled each year.
- Wine bottles used are made of up to 50% recycled glass, and utilize lighter-weight glass bottles where possible to reduce waste and carbon footprint.
- Trinchero Family Estates takes pride in working with suppliers to minimize the amount of packaging. We ensure suppliers will take back and reuse pallets, shipping boxes etc., which minimizes packaging as it goes to customers, making it easy for them to recycle products.
- Pallets, drums, shipping boxes and packaging are shipped back to vendors for reuse.
- Glass, corks, capsules and containers are recycled.
- Trinchero Family Estates was the only Northern California winery honored with a WRAP (Waste Reduction Awards Program) Award from California’s Integrated Waste Management Board every year from 2000 to 2011. In addition, the company received the WRAP of the Year Award in 2005.
- Trinchero Family Estates continues to research more environmentally friendly packaging alternatives for products, from bottles, boxes and labels to corks, closures and cartons. The company strives to reduce the weight and amount of materials needed to deliver the highest quality products to customers thereby reducing the environmental aspects for customers during transportation and packaging, recycling/disposal.
- Sutter Home PET bottles are 100% recyclable and lightweight. Shipping PET uses about half the energy used to ship glass. Production of PET bottles generate roughly less than 60% of the greenhouse gases used to produce glass bottles.
- Bandit wines are boxed in environmentally friendly Tetra Pak® packaging made primarily from paper, a renewable resource. Tetra Pak® packaging uses 92% less packaging, 54% less energy, creates 80% less greenhouse gases and requires 35-40% fewer trucks to deliver the same amount of wine, as compared to glass bottles.
- Trinity Oaks wines use new plant-based capsules made from EarthFirst® PLA Film, produced using renewable technology. The PLA capsules are a more sustainable alternative to petrochemical-based films. They use less energy and are made in a greenhouse-neutral facility utilizing solar, wind and other energy offsets. The PLA material used in the capsule is certified compostable, and the aluminum top disk on the bottle is recyclable.
- Trinchero Family Estates is a pioneer in lightweight glass, requiring less energy to make, less freight to transport, and less cost to produce. In the first year alone, savings are estimated at roughly 20,000 barrels of oil equivalent by greenhouse gas calculations.
Dedicated to giving back to the communities where its employees and consumers live and work, Trinchero Family Estates will continue to contribute time, resources, and donations to local schools, health related non-profits and other charitable organizations. There’s a lot of work yet to be done, but even small changes can have a big impact.
One Bottle, One Tree®
In partnership with the non-profit organization, Trees for the Future, The One Bottle, One Tree® program launched in July of 2008 and funds a tree planting for every bottle of Trinity Oaks wine sold. As of 2017, The “One Bottle One Tree” Program has planted over 17 million trees.
Newman’s Own Wines
Trinchero Family Estates produces Newman’s Own wines and Common Good, part of the Newman’s Own portfolio of quality natural products. One of Paul Newman’s greatest legacies is the Newman’s Own Foundation, which has donated over $485 million to thousands of non-profit organizations around the world.
The 192 red wine blend supports the Pan-Mass Challenge, a 192-mile bicycle ride to benefit cancer. Trinchero Family Estates partnered with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund. The Pan-Mass Challenge has raised more than a half-billion dollars toward lifesaving cancer research and treatment.
University of California, Davis—Foundation Plant Services
Trinchero Family Estates is proud to support the University of California, Davis—one of the world’s leading viticultural programs. Trinchero Family Estates’ $1 million donation helped the university build new facilities with state-of-the-art technology for UC Davis Foundation Plant Services, an organization within the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences including the new Trinchero Family Estates Building.
Sutter Home for Hope
In 2001, Vera Trinchero Torres, a found family member of TFE, was diagnosed with breast cancer, and the family company began their commitment to the cause. That year, Sutter Home Family Vineyards launched Sutter Home for Hope, one of the first breast cancer awareness programs in the wine industry. Since its inception, the company has raised over $1 million to help support breast cancer research, treatment and education programs across the U.S.
As a leader in the wine and spirits industry, Trinchero Family Estates is committed to safe and responsible drinking. We promote smart alcohol consumption in moderation by legal drinking-aged consumers. We also ensure that our promotions reflect the alcohol beverage industry responsible advertising and marketing standards and practices.
Designated Driver i care® Program
As part of Trinchero Family Estates’ social responsibility commitment, the Fre Designated Driver i care® Program was created. Fre is the leading alcohol-removed wine in the U.S.
All of the tasting room employees at every Trinchero Family Estates property are trained in responsible drinking practices, and are educated in the business of the responsible selling and marketing of alcohol beverages.
Awards and Certificates
Innovator/Executive of the Year by Wine Enthusiast
Bob Torres, grandson of company founder Mario Trinchero, received the prestigious award for his leadership in sustainable, environmentally responsible practices at Trinchero Family Estates. Nominees are chosen by the global team of editors at Wine Enthusiast Magazine and represent the most influential members of the beverage industry each year. Wine Enthusiast noted that his dedication to waste management, biodynamic practices and reduced water consumption has resulted in awards and accolades from the Wine Institute, Napa County and California’s Integrated Waste Management Board for decades.
“The senior vice president of operations is lifting Trinchero Family Estates to new heights.”— 2014 Wine Enthusiast Wine Star Awards
California Green Medal–Sustainable Winegrowing Business Leadership Award
Trinchero Family Estates was recognized for efficient and innovative sustainability practices that serve as a model for the wine industry.
Napa Country Green Business Certification
Trinchero Family Estates received the Napa County Green Business Certification based upon industry specific checklists including: Pollution Prevention, Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling, Water Conservation, and Energy Conservation.
Certified Sustainable Vineyards
More than 3288 acres of Trinchero Family Estates Vineyards are enrolled in a certified sustainability programs such as Lodi Rules, Fish Friendly Farming, Napa Green Ceritifed and USDA Organic.
Napa Green Certified Land Program
Trinchero Family Estates is certified under the Napa Green Certified Land Program. The certification is granted by the Napa County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office of Pesticide Regulation, the Regional Water Quality Control board, the California Department of Fish and Game, and the National Marine Fisheries Service.
California Wine Institute Certified Sustainable Winegrowing
Trinchero Family Estates is certified for Sustainable Winegrowing for the following operations and properties: Green Island Road Bottling Facility, Main Street Winery and Westside Winery by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance.