We are now open for indoor tastings Thursday through Monday!

Earth Day is Every Day at Markham

We know that protecting the environment is essential to the preservation of our industry, our health, and our planet.
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We want you to feel confident that when you pick up a bottle of Markham wine you know that you’re advocating for sustainability.

A QUANTIFIABLE COMMITTMENT

This is just the beginning.

Our winery and vineyards are Napa Green and Fish Friendly Farming Certified. For us, these certifications are just the starting point— our favorite criteria for maintaining our certifications is the continual learning aspect. Across our leadership, from winemaking to vineyard management, from hospitality to operations, we are always striving to do better for our community, our people, and our land.

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What does sustainability look like at Markham?


Green Certified Means…

100% wastewater recycling
100% powered by responsibly purchased wind and solar energy
100% grape pomace used for compost
100% recycling program
100% environmentally preferred packaging

Our Tasting Room and Winery Operations

  • Recycling – We recycle all materials we can, from the tasting room to our offices to the bottling line and packaging waste. This decreases our contribution to landfills.
  • Clean Energy – Our winery is powered by responsibly purchased wind and solar power, reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Glorious Vineyards Aflutter with Life

  • Cover Crops – Wildflowers, herbs, and grasses planted between the vineyard rows build healthy soils by adding nitrogen, increase biodiversity to naturally suppress pests and weeds, and reduce the need for aggressive control methods.
  • Healthy Soils – Minimal till practices and cover crops reduce erosion and runoff and maximize the land’s natural power to absorb and store carbon in the ground.
  • Compost – We recycle our grape pomace locally at a Green Certified waste management facility in St. Helena. Our soil fertility program combines dry compost with natural soil-building fertilizers including biochar and mulch to naturally enrich our soils.
  • Bee boxes & Bird Habitat – Bee boxes encourage pollination of our rich and diverse cover crops, which in turn attract beneficial insects that manage unwanted pests. Similarly, bird and owl boxes welcome helpful predators who control pests like mice and insects. Enlisting natural, native species to keep our vineyards healthy and protected removes the need for pollutants like pesticides and herbicides.

The Most Precious of Resources

  • Water Conservation – All winery wastewater is reclaimed and collected in wastewater ponds to be used for irrigation in the vineyards.
  • Waterway Protection – We installed specially engineered willow revetments at our Yountville and Calistoga vineyards to stop soil erosion and repair the creek banks bordering our vineyards.

Tie It Up with a Sustainable Bow

  • USA Sourced Packaging – Bottles, corks, screw caps and capsules are sourced and produced in the U.S. and California whenever possible, which reduces our reliance on Chinese tin and exorbitant environmental shipping costs.
  • Lightweight Glass – Reducing the weight of every bottle reduces our carbon footprint. Our new glass saves over 100g/bottle and reduces fossil fuels used in trucking.

“I always strive to deliver beyond expectations with the quality of wine inside the bottle, and you have to have a good-looking package to get consumers to pick up your bottle. But what really inspires us is doing the right thing for our land, our people, and our customers.”

Kimberlee Nicholls, Winemaker

WE WON’T STOP

Our Commitment is Enduring

“Sustainability is not a one-time achievement, but rather a continual evolution.” Adrienne Uboldi, Vineyard Sustainability Manager

We hope that by peeling back the curtain on our sustainability efforts we’ve inspired your confidence and garnered your trust. We know that there is always more to be done, and we know that it’s up to us to do it.

SHOP NOW
WE WON’T STOP

Our Commitment is Enduring

“Sustainability is not a one-time achievement, but rather a continual evolution.” Adrienne Uboldi, Vineyard Sustainability Manager

We hope that by peeling back the curtain on our sustainability efforts we’ve inspired your confidence and garnered your trust. We know that there is always more to be done, and we know that it’s up to us to do it.

SHOP NOW