Wine-Grapes Going Green

Naches Heights -- Our Washington weather is good for growing, now one group of grape growers trying to change the way we look at wine by putting us on the map for organic wines.

When you take a look around this tool shed at the Wilridge Winery you'll notice one big thing missing, chemicals.

"The big difference is just that we don't use any commercial pesticides, herbicides or anything like that we use products that are completely natural," explains Philip Cline, Naches Heights Vineyards & Winery.

This is one of two wineries including Naches Heights Vineyards that are using biodynamic and organic methods with their grapes.

"The trend is going towards organic now and I think that if you're a wine drinker that would be the best," said Sharon Pitharoulis.

Besides natural cow manure and compost, manual labor is a big part of the project.

Take for example these 10 acres traditional growers would have two to three people working it, Wilridge has 10.

"Organic is more expensive because we have less tools at our command to use, " said Philip Cline, Naches Heights Vineyards & Winery.

Philip Cline says their organic techniques cost up to 25 percent more than traditional methods, it means their pouring more money into production and into our economy.

It also means a bottle of organic costs more to make.

Philip says the payout is in marketing they're trying to become a federally recognized growing region for organic wines.

"All the other wineries seem to be doing just fine the way they're doing things," said Mike Streby.

It's one way to make some green by going green.