Trinchero Family Estates
The fourth largest winery in the United States, Trinchero Family Estates has remained a family-owned Napa Valley-based company since 1948. Now, with over 1,000 employees, over 10,000 acres of vineyards, more than 50 wine and spirits brands and millions of customers, Trinchero Family Estates continues to stand by its commitment to the land and the people behind the growth of its business.
Since Mario Trinchero brought his young family to Napa Valley and purchased an abandoned Prohibition-era winery called Sutter Home in St. Helena, Trinchero Family Estates has embraced its responsibility to the environment and community. To this day, every employee remains committed to upholding the winery’s values and spirit of giving that Mary and Mario established in 1948, growing Trinchero Family Estates’ dedication to the environment, charitable giving and responsibility with sustainable farming practices and innovative philanthropic initiatives.
“Trinchero Family Estates is proud to be an early adopter for larger wineries in transitioning to clean energy. Our investment supports our sustainability objectives and our commitment to contribute to the community and work productively with our neighbors toward a shared future.”~ Bob Torkelson, President and Chief Executive Officer
Trinchero Family Estates strives to be an industry leader in sustainable farming, waste reduction/ recycling, water conservation and energy efficiency with environmentally friendly efforts across all aspects of the business. As one of the Trinchero Family Estates company values, every employee in each facility, office, winery and vineyard is committed to sustainability.
- Trinchero Family Estates’ Green Island Road Production Facility and Westside and Main Street Wineries are participants in Certified Sustainable Wine Programs.
- Advanced wastewater treatment systems at these facilities process thousands of gallons of water per day. Treated water in the irrigation ponds exceeds required standards and is reused to provide water for landscaping, wildlife and crops.
- 70 percent of all processed water is reused for landscaping or crop irrigation, ensuring the water returns back to the earth.
- In contrast to the industry average of five to six gallons of water used to make one gallon of wine, Trinchero Family Estates used 3.5 production gallons in 2017. This reduction in water usage saves millions of gallons of water annually.
Commitment to the Earth
- 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.
- Owl boxes give owls a place to live and control rodents and other pests that 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
- Trinchero Family Estates transitioned its energy use at all of its 28 facilities and vineyards in the Napa Valley to Deep Green 100 percent renewable energy.
- The flagship Westside Winery facility in Lodi was designed with environmental considerations in mind. The facility is estimated to reduce truck trips by 2,400 trucks per 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. The photovoltaic (PV) solar systems in Lodi and at the Clements, CA vineyard alone generate approximately 750 kilowatts of electricity, and since installation have generated the equivalent of avoiding 6,330 metric tons of CO2, or 6.9 million pounds of coal burned, or 15 million car miles driven.
- Trinchero Family Estates utilizes refrigeration systems that use ammonia instead of high-GHG potential chemicals.
- Trinchero Family Estates employs alternative energy generation stations to reduce the winery’s demand from the grid.
- 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.
- Trinchero Family Estates has incorporated a zero waste goal for operations, achieving 99 percent diversion in 2017.
- Wine bottles used are made of up to 50 percent recycled glass, and utilize lighter-weight glass where possible to reduce waste and carbon footprint.
- Trinchero Family Estates takes pride in working with suppliers to minimize packaging.
- 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.
- In 2017, Trinchero Family Estates was honored with the Stockton Chamber of Commerce P3 Stewardship Award.
- 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 its products.
- Sutter Home PET bottles are 100 percent recyclable and lightweight. Shipping PET uses about half the energy used to ship glass. Production of PET bottles generates roughly less than 60 percent of the greenhouse gases used to produce glass bottles.
- Bandit wines and a selection of Sutter Home wines are boxed in environmentally friendly Tetra Pak® packaging made primarily from paper, a renewable resource. Tetra Pak uses 92 percent less packaging, 54 percent less energy, creates 80 percent fewer greenhouse gases and requires 35-40 percent fewer trucks to deliver the same amount of wine, as compared to glass bottles.
- Trinity Oaks uses 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 wine. Savings have been 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 are making a big impact.
Sutter Home for Hope
In 2001, Vera Trinchero Torres, one of Trinchero Family Estates’ owners, 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 nearly $1 million to help support breast cancer research, treatment and education programs across the U.S.
National Park Foundation
In 2018, Bandit wines collaborated with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of the National Park Service. The wine brand’s $50,000 donation benefiting the Foundation’s Rivers & Trails 50th anniversary initiative is helping to boost National Park access through trail restoration and park land protection.
One Bottle, One Tree®
In partnership with the non-profit organization, Trees for the Future, The One Bottle, One Tree® program started in July of 2008 and funds a tree planting for every bottle of Trinity Oaks wine sold. As of 2018, The “One Bottle One Tree” Program has planted nearly 20 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 $380 million to thousands of non-profit organizations around the world.
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.
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.
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.