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Sandy Zimmerman Interviewed Skylar Stuck, General Manager of Halter Ranch Vineyards for the Article "Sustainability in Practice is a New Certification for Wine"

Skylar Stuck, General Manager of Halter Ranch Vineyards, explained, “We are part of a group called Sustainability in Practice (SIP)."

Las Vegas, NV, November 02, 2013 --( There is a new classification for healthy vineyards and wines.

Skylar Stuck, General Manager of Halter Ranch Vineyards, explained, “We are part of a group called Sustainability in Practice (SIP). This certification differs from biodynamics and organic farming.

"Our vineyards are sustainable as we must be stewards of the land.

"We don’t use insecticides and from that perspective our ranch would qualify as organic.

"Most of what we grow could be registered as organic.

"Ecology looks at protecting the soil and environment when we grow and use different processes.

"Sustainability in practice considers water reclamation.

"All the rainwater that comes off the roof of our winery and all the gray water that flows out of the winery is recycled and brought back for irrigation through our irrigation ponds.

"We are not using well water unless it is a last resort.

"Halter Ranch plants cover crops like legumes and barley to put back into the soil and bring more nitrogen into the vineyard.

"We spent more than $40,000 this year by hand hoeing the new vines because we don’t use insecticides.

"The good insects are encouraged by having gardens throughout the vineyard.

"Predator birds keep hungry birds out of the vineyard.

"There are a couple of practices that fit into organic certification that we are not doing.

"Organic takes vineyard practices into account but not the overall business plan and employee treatment.

"Our sustainable program involves both of those as well.

"There is a slight distinction with what we use.”

Kevin Sass, the Winemaker, feels, “When you see this label you know we are protecting the environment and conserving natural resources while treating our employees with care.

"We don’t use anything that is going to be persistent and remain to damage the environment."

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