Trinity Oaks Vineyards was founded in 2001 by the Trinchero family, a long time Napa Valley producer of exceptional single vineyard offerings and a national leader in sustainable agriculture and land management. The guiding winemaking principle at Trinity Oaks is to produce the highest quality wines at the best value. To this end Trinity Oaks has over 50 years of winemaking tradition and experience. Furthermore, the Trinchero family practices sustainable methods of agriculture and farms all of their estate vineyards using organic and biodynamic practices. They eschew the use of potentially harmful chemicals and work with the state of California and other wineries to develop healthy, natural alternatives. Instead of insecticides, they use botanical oils and natural predators to take the place of potentially hazardous chemicals. In addition, Trinchero Family Estates (TFE) recycles 50 million gallons of water annually and re-cycles 20 tons of office paper, 850 tons of cardboard, and 100 tons of plastic each year. All proceeds from recycling revert to TFE’s employees in the form of an employee-in-need fund. In recognition of the Trincheros’ outstanding leadership, Trinchero Family Estates has received California’s Waste Reduction Awards Programs (W.R.A.P.) Award for at least eight consecutive years.
Grapes for Trinity Oaks’ wines are sourced from vineyards along the cool Central Coast, the marine-influenced vineyards of Lodi and the Sacramento River Delta, the emerging Lake County district, and the classic Sierra foothills region. Care is taken to manage each vineyard in a way that optimizes the quality of the fruit and maintains healthy, balanced vineyard ecosystems. And for each bottle of Trinity Oaks wine that is sold, Trinity Oaks plants a tree.
Trinity Oaks Plant a Tree Program: Some Basic Program Facts
Question – Is there really no limit to the number of trees Trinity Oaks will plant?
That's correct. It's literally a tree planted for EVERY bottle Trinity Oaks sell, without limitation.
Question - How many total trees do you think Trinity Oaks will plant?
If all goes according to plan, Trinity Oaks will be planting at least 1,800,000 trees as a result of this program. Editor’s Note: Since 2008, Trinity Oaks has planted more than 1,250,000 trees and hopes to plant 2,000,000 trees by the end of 2009.... That’s a lot of trees.
Question – Who is helping plant the trees?
Trinity Oaks is working with an organization called Trees for the Future (www.treesftf.org) to handle the actual tree planting process. They've been around since 1989, helping rural communities around the world restore tree cover to their lands. Major replanting efforts are taking place throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America. Check out their website for a wealth of knowledge.
Question – Why plant trees in the tropics rather than in the United States?
In terms of reducing carbon emissions and combating climate change, it is certainly best to plant trees in the tropics. Tropical species, planted in the tropics, grow much quicker and for longer periods each year than do non-tropical species planted in drier climates (i.e. North America). Therefore the trees are able to sequester much more carbon dioxide each year if they grow in the tropics. For instance, if Trinity Oaks plants one million trees over the course of a year in the tropics they would sequester around 25,000 tons of CO2 each year. This same number of trees, planted as local species in the US would, at best, sequester only about 7500 tons of CO2 per year. Editor’s Note: In addition to planting trees in the tropics to offset CO2 emissions, the Trinchero family has planted thousands of trees in California to counter erosion and restore an ecological balance to the land.