Wine From Wastewater: The Future Is Now

on 23/05/15 at 10:43 am

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BioBarrier_Winery1_tradeshow_bannerThe drought in California is so severe, no solution is considered too far-fetched. Not even using recycled toilet water to irrigate the nation’s most prestigious wine grapes in Napa Valley.

Call it effluent for the affluent.

The drought in California is so severe, no solution is considered too far-fetched. Not even using recycled toilet water to irrigate the nation’s most prestigious wine grapes in Napa Valley.

Call it effluent for the affluent.

California has a lot of growing up to do on how to use water well,” said Will Nord, a long time Napa wine grape grower who has been using recycled wastewater for years to irrigate his vines. As for concerns that the water might affect the flavor of the grape’s juice? “No impact at all,” he said.

Nord owns about 450 acres of vineyards, selling grapes to Mumm Napa Valley, Beringer, Markham and others. He grows several acres of pinot noir at his Green Island Vineyards in American Canyon, at the southern tip of Napa County. All of the irrigation water for this vineyard comes from the nearby American Canyon Water Reclamation facility.

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