The Brander is committed to maintaining environmentally sustainable viticulture and winemaking. We strive for our methods to be environmentally sound, economically feasible, and socially equitable whenever possible.
We understand that the health of our grapevines, like that of any plant, is based in their immediate environment, and we aspire to grow grapes which reflect our unique terroir.
“Terroir” is a French word which captures the special character that the geology, climate, and geography of a particular location express in wine. More simply, it may be described as a “sense of place.” We feel that the Los Olivos area is among the very best wine-growing regions in the world for the production of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon, and we want to preserve as much of this specific terroir as we can, so that it may shine through in our wines.
In terms of our everyday practices, this means that we employ zero artificial or petroleum-based additives, utilize the biodynamic calendar ( which recommends performing planting, canopy management, harvesting, and other vineyard tasks according to “leaf days”, “fruit days”, “root days” and “flower days”, which are based on the position of the moon and the planets ) as often as is practicable.