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Scheid Family Wines Erects Huge Wind Turbine in Salinas Valley

Winery Will Generate 100% of Its Power Needs Sustainably
by press release
July 05, 2017

SALINAS, CA, July 5, 2017 – Scheid Family Wines is erecting a huge wind turbine four miles south of the town of Greenfield in Monterey County. The windmill stands tall above the local countryside with blades that reach 396 feet into the sky. It will generate 100% of the power needed to run the winery and bottling operations.

“We have always been committed to sustainability,” said Scott Scheid, President and CEO. “All 4,000 acres of our estate vineyards in Monterey County are officially certified by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance. 100% of our wastewater is recycled and all our grape must is composted and spread as nutrition in the vineyards. We use 100% drip irrigation and low impact farming methods. We even have 250+ owl boxes to control rodent populations naturally. Installing this wind turbine is yet another facet of our desire to preserve the environment.”

Key Facts About the Turbine
The turbine is located ¼ mile west of Hwy 101 and four miles south of Greenfield.
While the turbine is large and imposing, it meets all of the local zoning laws.
The centerline of the hub of the turbine is 264’ above ground level (AGL).
The three propellers are each 132’ long and the top arch of the prop blades is 396’ AGL.
The turbine can be seen for miles.
It is big enough to supply all of the winery’s electricity needs plus power 125 homes with renewable power.
It is the perfect power source for the inexhaustible winds of the Salinas Valley.
The props will turn at approximately 22 RPM.
The turbine will generate 185 megawatts annually.
The turbine is scheduled to go operational at the end of August.
The winery uses about 900,000 watts at peak (0.9MW) and this unit generates double this load.
The turbine has five internal computers: one in each blade to monitor and control pitch, one in the nacelle and one main computer in the tower base that communicates with the others. It also has its own server at Foundation WindPower and is monitored continuously by GE.
For the local conditions, turbines are more effective than solar.
They generate electricity at night
They don’t lose efficiency due to dust
They don’t use valuable agricultural land or create the maintenance issues rooftop installations create.

Key Facts About Sustainability at Scheid Family Wines
Scheid Family Wines now has full sustainability, which is significant for one of the larger wineries in the county
All of their vineyards and winery operations are sustainably certified
HACCP Certification (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points)
Global G.A.P. Certification (Good Agricultural Practice)
BRC Certification (British Retail Consortium)
CCSW Certified Vineyards
The winery produces, treats and irrigates 100% of its water
The winery composts 100% of the grape pomace, stems and seeds
As of August 2017, the winery will be 100% wind powered

About Scheid Family Wines
Scheid Family Wines has farmed wine grapes in Monterey County, California since 1972. With 4,000 acres of sustainably-certified vineyards located along a 70-mile spread of the Salinas Valley and a large scale, state-of-the-art winery, Scheid Family Wines is fully-integrated to bring high quality estate grown wines to the marketplace. The Scheid Family Wines nationally-distributed portfolio includes Scheid Vineyards, District 7, Metz Road, VDR, Stokes’ Ghost, GIFFT, Ranch 32, and Ryder Estate. In addition, Scheid Family Wines produces over 15 regionally distributed brands for specific clients or distributors.

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