Sustainability and Philanthropy is our Purpose
Tread lightly on the earth, using less than we produce and giving back to the community is our purpose.
At Garry Oaks, we have taken steps to reduce energy, water and waste on the vineyard. We have installed LED lights, improved recycling and composting systems, and installed faucet aerators and low flow toilets. We are committed to reducing the environmental impacts.
All our wines are Estate grown and bottled, meaning we grow our grapes sustainably and only bottle what we grow.
We have completed and registered a comprehensive plan under the BC Environmental Farm Plan Program and employ many organic practices. We have large scale mulching and composting program that converts over 20 tons of mowing, pruning, pomace and horse manure (from our neighbors) into nutrient rich material that we use to build the organic structure of our soil. We use fertilizers made from mined minerals and peat.
We offer only locally sourced food and beverage choices for our guests including Certified Organic
We track and measure our energy, water and waste consumption and production. We have a sustainability action plan with measurable goals and timelines. We responsibly monitor our progress to leave as little carbon footprint as possible and continually strive to reduce more in every aspect of our winery and vineyard as we grow.
We depend on nature to all our water from rain and drinking water from well. We compost and recycle everything on the vineyard.
To maintain an ecological balance and preserve our health and wellbeing, we use natural products for cleaning.
We educate our guests on the variety of local causes in our community; in particular the preservation of the Garry Oak trees, our namesake, is integral to philosophy. We have an active program to re-introduce and foster flora indigenous to Garry Oak meadow around our trees and offer seedlings for planting in suitable sights.
We promote local natural and cultural heritage in our community and we show respect for the land through our philanthropy.
We support and encourage our guests to be philanthropic and informed; we donate a portion of their tasting fees to a local charity of their choice.
We train our employees about your environmental policies so that they are properly implementing them. We encourage them to volunteer for Earth Day and other organizations that help the environment.
We make a point of buying things from local suppliers and deliberately choose things like recycled paper, eco-friendly cleaning supplies, low VOC-paint, and other low-impact products and services.
We use TCA free cork (the most earth friendly closures), recycled ecofriendly bottles, and recycled local paper and reusable natural jute bags to package our wine.