Sustainable Love in Wine Country

Sustainable Love in Wine Country

A visit to a Napa winery reveals how true love helps produce great wine.
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Flora Springs Winery

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Green Builder Media

Green Builder Media Marketing & Social Media Manager, Heather Wallace

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 9:00am

CAMPAIGN: Eco-Travel


“If you love the land, it will love you back.” – Flora Komes

Right off of Highway 29 in St. Helena, California, nestled into the base of the Mayacamas Mountains lies Flora Springs® Winery. What began as 300 acres purchased in 1977 by Jerry and Flora Komes, has expanded to over 650 acres in the Rutherford, Oakville, Carneros and St. Helena areas. However, it still maintains the charm of its third-generation, family-owned history.

Rooted in Love

In 1929 Flora Benevit-Cabral, an independent young woman for her time, left her family in Hawaii and moved to San Francisco to begin a nursing program at St. Mary’s. She was introduced to Jerry Komes at a Halloween party and the rest, as they say, was history.

Jerry worked for Bechtel in San Francisco for many years and eventually became the first individual outside of the Bechtel family to become President of the company from 1973-1975. His background in construction later proved useful when 1,000 linear feet of caves were carved in to the hillside (an energy efficient environment for aging wines) at Flora Springs.

Sustainable Practices

Sustainable vineyard practices are nothing new. The owners and staff at Flora Springs believe it’s simply a return to “much older, even ancient ways of growing things.” And creating a great wine is so much more than simply choosing the right kind of barrel to ferment your grapes in. Good soil, using the natural eco-systems, sun orientation and vine placement all have a part to play in getting that perfect wine.