Sustainable Farming and Winemaking Practices
ROCO is committed to responsible methods for tending grapes and transforming them into wine.
ROCO Winery is LIVE Certified Sustainable
LIVE (Low Input Viticulture and Enology) is a non-profit organization that provides education and certification for vineyards on a set of internationally-recognized, science-based practices of winegrowing that minimize environmental and social impacts while maximizing long term agricultural and economic sustainability. ROCO Winery is proud to be among the growing group of LIVE Certified Sustainable wineries in Oregon. This designation represents a civic and ecological responsibility very close to our hearts. The benefits of sustainability are clear: Gentler practices are better for the earth. And we believe they also result in brighter, more flavorful wines that better reflect the characteristics of the land from which they are grown.
ROCO Winery is certified Salmon Safe
Salmon-Safe is a non-profit that was founded in 1995 by an Oregon-based river and native fish protection organization. Since then, it has become one of the nation’s leading, regional eco-labels—designating ecologically sustainable vineyard farming practices. Erosion and runoff from hillside vineyards can bring silt into streams, reducing the ability of native salmon to survive. Vineyards certified as Salmon-Safe are committed to reducing such runoff and enhancing native biodiversity. ROCO Winery is proud to support and rank among them with Wits’ End Vineyard. We take extra precaution to ensure that agricultural processes have little-to-no impact on the health and habitat of our beloved salmon population.
ROCO Winery supports IOBC
The International Organization for Biological Control (IOBC) was established in 1955 to promote environmentally safe methods of pest and disease control in plant protection. IOBC promotes the use of sustainable, environmentally safe, economically feasible, and socially acceptable methods for controlling pests and diseases that threaten agricultural and forestry crops. ROCO Winery firmly believes in the ideals and practices of the IOBC and makes every effort to uphold the IOBC’s standards for “Integrated Organization and Integrated Pest Management.”