Thekla and Richard Sanford share a deep and long standing commitment to the environment. This commitment is evident in their active participation in multiple conservation groups, and was formally recognized when they were honored by the Environmental Defense Center as Environmental Heroes.
They founded Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards as an expression of their passion for winemaking and with a desire to develop a business that reflected their core values. As a result Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards operates as an enlightened enterprise, with a focus on quality, environmental responsibility, and respect for customers and employees alike.
Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards practices and promotes organic farming, sustainable agriculture, ecologically-responsible packaging and business practices, and green building. In addition it supports related earth-friendly causes such as the reintroduction of peregrine falcons to the Santa Ynez Valley and the international slow food movement.