Sustainable Long Island will honor Bedell Cellars and the winery’s CEO, Trent Preszler, at the third annual Sustainability All-Star Awards on December 2 at the Chateau at Coindre Hall in Huntington.
Bedell Cellars, located in Cutchogue, is one of two honorees being awarded because of their dedication to advance sustainability initiatives Island-wide. The second honoree is Kleiman Wealth Management Group of UBS Financial Services.
Bedell Cellars’ 80-acre estate is certified sustainable, adhering to 200 sustainable farming best practices that have been fine tuned for Long Island’s climate over the past 30 years. Doing so has greatly reduced their use of agricultural inputs, thereby protecting Long Island’s land and water resources for the future, according to Sustainable Long Island.
Bedell Cellars composts all of its grape seeds and skins and vine cane prunings each year, spreading them back in the vineyard as natural fertilizer. Such re-use of on-farm nitrogen sources protects Long Island’s fragile groundwater supply, Sustainable Long Island stated.
Sustainable Long Island credits Preszler with leading the charge as a founding member of the Long Island Sustainable Winegrowing organization, which provides licenses and education for Long Island vineyards that ensure a safer and healthier environment and workplace.