Since its inception in the early 1990’s, Silver Thread has been a leader in sustainable viticulture in the Finger Lakes. Integrated pest management, biointensive farming and organic practices are used. You can read more about our vineyard management philosophy here.
Silver Thread played a leading role in the development of the New York Sustainable Winegrowing certification, launched in 2023, and is among the first vineyards in New York to achieve the certification.
In 2014, we earned Agricultural Environmental Management recognition for our practices that minimize runoff, conserve soil and protect drinking water. This program is also known as “Lake-Friendly Farmer” and is administered by New York State Soil & Water Conservation Committee.
One of the ways we know our sustainable practices are working is evidenced by the abundant wildlife observed in and around the vineyard. We have a healthy population of pollinators and birds, including a bee hive that is managed by our assistant winemaker, Bruce Stebbins. A wetland pond that captures vineyard runoff contains a large number of frogs, newts and salamaders, which are indicators of clean water.