The Gray family is committed to protecting the environment: the land, the water, the trees, the air, and the wildlife. The vineyard holds memberships in the CCVT and CAWG and is in the process of applying for sustainability certifications from these organizations.
A comprehensive erosion control and water protection plan, developed by a team of engineers and approved by NRCS and RCD, has been implemented throughout MoonSprings Vineyard®. Through the use of cover crops composed of erosion prevention seed mix, bio-disposable straw waddles, straw netting, blown straw, and silt fences, MoonSprings soil is protected from erosion and the runoff water is clean and safe. Additionally, all of the rock retrieved from cultivating the property is being used for permanent erosion control through the installation of silting dams in the drainages throughout the vineyard. The protection of the numerous blue line streams, natural springs, and creeks that run through MoonSprings Vineyard® has been a top priority.
Natural methods of pest control are being used throughout MoonSprings. Over sixty-five owl boxes are in place to establish a population of owls for natural rodent control. Other habitats for bats and small birds are being installed to control vine-damaging insects. Son Will has a particular interest in apiculture, so visitors to MoonSprings can expect to see an apiary humming with bees.
MoonSprings, with its beautiful oaks, is and will continue to be a wildlife wonderland for the deer, hawks, eagles, condors, bobcats, snakes, and bear that live under its moss-draped canopy. Of the 515 acres, no more than 200 acres are planned for vineyard use. The remaining 315 acres will remain in their natural state; deer fencing is limited to the vineyard areas, and a wildlife corridor spans from one side of the property to the other allowing wildlife migration patterns to remain minimally affected. The vineyard has been planted around the natural oak woodlands. No oak trees have been removed to create MoonSprings Vineyard®, and they never will.
It has been the Grays goal to transform a dormant piece of land into an agriculturally productive property without altering its environmental imprint or disturbing its original inhabitants.
MoonSprings is maximizing the replenishment of our aquifer by capturing a substantial portion of the runoff rainfall from the 330+/- acre watershed that flows into the vineyard’s main valley. While planning the vineyard, multiple water wells were dug around the property. A side benefit to these wells is that the perimeter of the aquifer underlying the majority of MoonSprings has been identified. The aquifer from which the vineyard draws its water lies completely underneath MoonSprings Vineyard®, as proven by the dry wells drilled on the four sides of the aquifer boundary and our hydrogeologists’ analysis of the underground rock and sediment beds.
Minimizing the use of water by the vineyard is also a priority at MoonSprings, which is projected to be substantially dry-farmed within four years. By utilizing the latest computerized monitoring and management technologies, irrigation will be used only if, as, and when needed during the establishment of the vineyard. The irrigation technicians at MoonSprings Vineyard® have developed a state of the art system where water is delivered literally plant by plant. The system includes soil moisture probes and other plant-based monitoring devices to determine how much water is required, with flow meters on each well and the two main water lines to ensure that precisely the amount of water needed is delivered. The entire vineyard has drip emitters for each vine, double drip lines for water conservation, and hillside blocks split with separate valves for the top and bottom, all of which are tied into an automated system which is constantly monitored both on property and remotely. Water will be stored in 5-6 10,000-gallon tanks to allow periods of rest for the wells and to eliminate evaporation problematic with reservoirs.
1835 SANTA RITA ROAD, TEMPLETON, CA 93465
25 HIGHLAND PARK VILLAGE, STE 100, PMB 319
DALLAS, TX 75205