Vineyard

Certified organic since 1996, Heller Estate was a pioneer of organic grape growing in the Carmel Valley Appellation. Now under Massa Estate, the organic practices of cover cropping, composting, and water conservation continue to drive the superior grape quality and signature wines.

Massa Estate is dedicated to growing each and every varietal with respect for the soil, water and air and is proud of the minimal impact on the surrounding environment.

Rather than employing chemical sprays, Massa Estate releases predatory wasps in the vineyards to keep the undesirable insect population low.  These tiny wasps (not the human-biting species) attack the eggs of the leaf-hoppers, which are destructive to grapes.  To provide a home in the vineyards for these natural predators, French plum trees have been planted around the property in which the wasps flourish. Beneficial insects such as ladybugs are also released to prey upon other destructive vine-damaging mites, creating an eco-balance in the vineyards.

All the grapes on Massa Estate are grown in a chemical free manner. In order to receive official organic certification for its grapes, Massa Estate adheres to strict organic farming methods.
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The mission of Massa Estate is to produce wines from organically grown grapes without the use of pesticides and herbicides while maintaining a healthy ecology and environment.