by Winemaker Laura Barrett, Clif Family Winery
Clif Family Winery is a small, family owned wine business in the heart of the Napa Valley. Co-owners Kit Crawford and Gary Erikson, who also founded Clif Bar and Company, have been making wine since 2004 and have 90 acres of CCOF certified vineyard land in the Howell Mountain and Oak Knoll Districts of Napa Valley. The focus of our wine business is like many others…. Quality products, superb hospitality, great food, and excellent people. What differentiates us is our passion and deep commitment to sustainability that is the true soul of our business.
Organic farming is one important piece of our sustainability model that directly impacts my work in the vineyard. We do this to keep harmful pesticides out of our creeks, which in turn keeps the fish healthy. We do this because we think the grapes taste better and we can make a more flavorful product. We do this because research shows long term exposure to some pesticides can cause cancer and we want to protect the people working in the vineyard. Sourcing organically farmed grapes can be a difficult task and the availability of CCOF certified fruit in the Napa Valley is limited.
In 2018, Kit and Gary made the long term commitment to organic farming by purchasing 80 acres of vineyard in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. After 3 years of planting and training our new vines, 2021 was my first vintage making wine from this new property. Looking to the future, we now have a clear path to 100% organically farmed grapes for our wine program at Clif Family Winery.
Sustaining our people and our community is a way that we take our sustainability program to the next level. Clif Family Winery is known around the Napa Valley for being an exceptional place to work, where employees are well respected, well cared for and happy! With superb benefits, a positive work environment and great values, Clif Family is exactly that – a family. And our community is a top priority. From winery events to support local non-profits (known as our Sip and Support program) to employee volunteer days to local food bank donations, we do everything we can to be a valuable resource and support to our community.
Please take some time to read more about us as https://cliffamily.com/sustainability/
Most of us are familiar with Clif Bars. It may even be common knowledge that Gary Erickson and Kit Crawford started the business out of their garage. What is impressive to learn, however, is the wide-ranging lifestyle brand Clif Family has grown into, including an expanded line of healthy food products, Clif Family Winery, Clif Family Tasting Room, the Bruschetteria Food Truck, and Clif Family Napa Valley artisan food products.Read More