At Bronco Wine Co. we consider ourselves fierce advocates. Advocates for our employees. Advocates for our natural resources. Advocates for leaving the world healthier for future generations. By taking an active role in empowering our employees to design creative solutions to industry challenges, we are ensuring Bronco Wine Co. is poised to successfully endure for generations to come.
True Zero Waste Certification
In 2014, Bronco Wine Co. set its sights on achieving Zero Waste Certification. To qualify for this designation, a company must divert 90% or more of their solid waste stream from landfill. To accomplish this, we collect and recycle from our offices, cellars, warehouses, bottling lines, maintenance and grape crushing facilities.
To further help reduce our consumption of natural resources we focus on minimizing materials in our packaging design through innovations such as ultra-light weight glass, shortened case partitions and agglomerated corks. These efforts have paid off as our landfill diversion rate in 2022 was 99.78% and Bronco Wine Co. has proudly achieved Zero Waste Certification at all four of our facilities.
Certified California Sustainable
Bronco Wine Co. is proud to be a part of the Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing (CCSW) program. Our three wineries as well as all fifty-eight of our vineyard operations are certified to this rigorous standard.
Our certification shows that the sustainable practices that Bronco has embraced for decades are in line with global sustainability standards as well as what our customers have come to expect from us. The program helps us focus on the three pillars of sustainability: People, Planet, and Prosperity.
Respect for the land is the cornerstone of how quality wines are produced. Bronco Wine Co.’s farming division, WC Ag Services, Inc., utilizes both CCOF Organic Farming qualified practices and sustainable vineyard management practices to produce thriving vineyards. Our approach to maintaining successful vineyards focuses on three crucial elements:
Soil Health: cover crops are used between vine rows to add nutrients, provide erosion control, and attract beneficial insects. Compost is added to our vineyards for improved water holding capacity.
Biodiversity: a focus on natural solutions to protect trees for owls, falcons and other predators that help reduce the presence of rodents. Read Article
Vineyard Water Management: water conservation is employed by implementing and calculating weekly ETO (evapotranspiration) data allowing our team to reduce water usage by up to 25%.
Bronco Wine Co. ships case goods via railcar to our Eastern distribution partners. One rail car replaces four semi-trucks from our roads reducing fuel use, pollution deposits and the wear to our highways. Since the inception of our rail car use, we have diverted the equivalent of 4.5 million trucking miles from our roadways.
Our shipping fleet is 100% CARB compliant and 87% of this fleet uses renewable fuel. Bronco Wine Co. has a perpetual matrix to update our entire trucking fleet to help in the reduction of carbon emissions.
International organizations for standardization (ISO) certifications
Bronco Wine Co. conducts business around the world. To indicate its commitment to the highest quality standards demanded by its customers both domestically and abroad, Bronco Wine Co. has chosen to certify its operations to the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Standard. This internationally recognized quality management system assures our customers that quality is the foremost objective driving our business.
hazard analysis critical control pOINt (HACCP)
Bronco Wine Co. operates within a certified HACCP program. HACCP is a management system in which food safety is addressed through the analysis and control of biological, chemical, and physical hazards from raw material production, procurement and handling, to manufacturing, distribution and consumption of the finished product.
Women of the Vine & Spirits
Empowering women to succeed in a traditionally male dominated industry is at the forefront of our efforts. The visibility of women is key to a more diverse and equitable landscape in the alcohol beverage industry. That is why Bronco Wine Co. is a proud Diamond Corporate Member of the Women of the Vine & Spirits providing our employees the opportunity of professional development, support and education through collaboration and advocacy.
Diversity & Inclusion
Fostering a sense of belonging and inclusion is important to cultivating creativity. The Bronco Wine Co. culture encourages, supports and celebrates the diverse voices, backgrounds and perspectives of our employees. This commitment creates a welcoming environment for all. It drives our innovation and makes us a better partner for our customers and the communities we serve.
Environmental Affairs Committee
Bronco Wine Co.’s Environmental Affairs Committee exists to create awareness, foster communication, stimulate creativity, and encourage cooperation concerning environmental stewardship and compliance. Developing new ideas related to environmental issues, concerns, and opportunities is our focus in coordinating regulatory agency cooperation and industry group participation.
Association of African American Vintners
Bronco Wine Co.’s involvement with the AAAV shows our support of diversity within the wine industry. Celebrating 20 years advocating for diversity in the wine industry, the Association of African American Vintners is a 501(C)(6) non-profit trade organization dedicated to promoting inclusion.