Badger Mountain Vineyard
Visionary and life-long farmer Bill Powers planted Badger Mountain Vineyard in the famed Columbia Valley region with his son Greg in 1982. Badger Mountain became the first certified organic vineyard in Washington State in 1990.
"Now, almost 30 years later, we use only organically approved and natural occurring substances for all vineyard applications. Eudoro Lucatero, our Vineyard Manager for nearly 25 years, advocates for these practices and describes the benefits in a word, 'Health! Without using pesticides and herbicides, air quality is better, the fruit and vines are healthier, and both the workers and the wine drinkers are healthier!'"
Columbia Valley AVA
Badger Mountain's wines represent an ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability and reflect the purest expression of exceptional fruit, keeping the wine as close to the vine as possible. From Badger Mountain's website: "As THE standard for USDA certified organic wine from Washington State, we are proud to continue Bill Powers’ legacy. No person is better fitted to do so than our head winemaker, Jose Mendoza. Having worked in every vineyard and production role since starting here in 1995, Jose’s passion lies in the “art of blending”. He believes that each vintage and varietal hold the magic of that year and that particular terroir. Jose and his team work closely with our diverse grower partners to form complex and clean wines with great character and depth — all without additives or preservatives of any kind!
As a continuation of our organic commitment, we have adopted and developed greener energy alternatives wherever possible. Solar panels help to power the winery, and bio-diesel is made on-site for use in farm equipment. Our bottles are locally produced, lightweight glass, and our labels are made from recycled paper and ink.
We believe in using both tradition and technology to produce compelling organic wines. We believe that our stewardship in the vineyard, in the winery, and in the community is rewarded with better wines. We will continue to be an example for the industry and apply sustainable practices wherever possible."