The health of our environment rests in the hands of each and every one of us. At Pelee Island Winery we employ a proactive approach to maintaining and bettering the microclimate we are so fortunate to have. This preservation begins in our vineyards where Bruno Friesen, our viticulturalist, uses a protocol for integrated pest management developed with support from World Wildlife Fund Canada (WWF).
Bruno regularly monitors the health of our vines and our clay soils. Our commitment to the limited use of ecologically responsible pesticide spraying, and, usage of 'all natural' island grown fertilizer are just two ways that Bruno has elevated the standard of our vineyards above and beyond current regulations and guidelines.
The winery recently purchased a Red Cedar Savannah forest that is unique to the island.
Restoration efforts have saved this forest from extinction and also allowed for new growth, as well as the acclimatization of dozens of unique habitats. Moreover, the winery plans to engage a in five year study that will facilitate the total rehabilitation of this forest.
With vineyards, beaches and water surrounding us, Pelee Island Winery has a big vision for the future. If our island community can take certain steps towards becoming North America's greenest community it will spur others to take action around the country; an eco-friendly drive that can only benefit everyone.
With investments in renewable energies (such as solar and wind power), recycling, water treatment facilities, composting, bio-dynamic sewage systems and organic farming, Pelee Island Winery plans to lead the way as the most environmentally safe community anywhere.