Badger Mountain Vineyard, founded by Bill Powers in 1982, is the first wine grape vineyard to be USDA Certified Organic in Washington State. We earned certification in 1990, three years after Bill committed himself to organic viticulture and wine production. His vision began with our responsibility to the environment and extends to producing a completely natural product under our Badger Mountain Vineyard label.
Now, almost 30 years later, we use only organically approved and natural occurring substances for all vineyard applications. This means that like the growers of centuries past, we use no synthetic treatments of any kind. We rely on our years of experience, and on techniques that we have developed to keep our vineyard site in balance. Eudoro Lucatero, our Vineyard Manager for nearly 25 years, advocates for these practices and describes the benefits in a word, “Health! Without using pesticides and herbicides, air quality is better, the fruit and vines are healthier, and both the workers and the wine drinkers are healthier!” With that in mind, we make sure each bottle includes an ingredients list along with Gluten-free and Vegan declarations, so that customers can be assured and informed about the products they choose.
As THE standard for USDA certified organic wine from Washington State, we are proud to continue Bill Powers’ legacy. No person is better fitted to do so than our head winemaker, Jose Mendoza. Having worked in every vineyard and production role since starting here in 1995, Jose’s passion lies in the “art of blending”. He believes that each vintage and varietal hold the magic of that year and that particular terroir. Jose and his team work closely with our diverse grower partners to form complex and clean wines with great character and depth - all without additives or preservatives of any kind!
As a continuation of our organic commitment, we have adopted and developed greener energy alternatives wherever possible. Solar panels help to power the winery, and bio-diesel is made on-site for use in farm equipment. Our bottles are locally produced, lightweight glass, and our labels are made from recycled paper and ink.
We believe in using both tradition and technology to produce compelling organic wines. We believe that our stewardship in the vineyard, in the winery, and in the community is rewarded with better wines. We will continue to be an example for the industry and apply sustainable practices wherever possible.
Natural Passion, Responsible Farming, Pure Wine.
Film Title: Grow Your Farmer Director(s): Jeremy Abraham and Lindsey Schiffel Produced by: New Course Films