February 2, 2022, Los Olivos, CA – The Fess Parker family is pleased to announce the installation of new 548.4 KW solar panels at their Santa Barbara County production facility, furthering the family’s ongoing sustainability and conservation efforts.
Started in the 1980s by the late Fess Parker, the multi-generational family business continues its legacy of cultivating exceptional Rhone and Santa Barbara County Burgundy wines, driven by their commitment to quality and stewardship.
In recent years, recognizing that great wine is made in the vineyard, the Parkers have redoubled their efforts to restore and preserve the natural environment. Their family vineyard, Rodney’s Vineyard – a source of fruit for the Fess Parker Winery and Epiphany labels – has earned a great reputation for its quality Rhone varietals, in large part due to Parker’s dedication to enhancing and preserving its natural ecosystems to to produce the healthiest possible grapes. The family also remains committed to sourcing grapes from vineyards that not only adhere to their rigorous quality standards, but also those set by certifying bodies such as SIP and the California Sustainable Wine Alliance (CSWA).
The installation of a new solar power system on the roof of their Santa Maria production plant is another step towards conservation, increasing the sustainability of winery operations by producing approximately 98% of the total energy used. every year. Comprised of 1,371 400-watt SolarEdge inverters and optimizers, the system will produce 818,000 kWh each year, which equates to offsetting 14,000,000 car miles, 31,000,000 pounds of CO2 offset and 15,000 trees saved each year.
“As a family owned and operated business, practicing sustainability now and for future generations is a guiding principle in all facets of our operations,” said Tim Snider, President. “We are always looking to incorporate new and familiar ways to minimize our impact on the environment and become a cleaner, more resilient winery, not just for our immediate benefit, but for the long term.”
In addition to sustainability efforts in the vineyard and winery, Fess Parker Winery provides safe and fair working conditions for employees and is proud to offer competitive wages and benefits, including a distributed profit sharing program in all parts of the organization. The company also offers employees several development opportunities to help them with their professional growth and training.
“Every decision we make is for the health and well-being of the grapes, the environment, our employees and the community as a whole,” adds owner Ashley Parker-Snider. “Minimizing our environmental impact by conserving resources is a necessary step towards a better future and we believe it to be of the utmost importance to our multi-generational family business.”
About the Fess Parker Family Portfolio
Since the late 1980s, Fess Parker and her family have cultivated a world-class hotel portfolio around the beauty and bounty of Santa Barbara County. The Fess Parker winery focuses on the grape varieties best suited to the region’s unique growing conditions – Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Rhône wines – with its vintages consistently earning over 90 points from the world’s top critics. whole. In addition to a waterfront hotel in Santa Barbara, the family honors the legacy of their late patriarch by hosting guests at the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn in Los Olivos, in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country. For more information, visit www.fessparker.