the importance of bees
Both honeybees and native bees play an important role in the annual lifecycle of a sustainable vineyard and caring for our bees is critical. Honeybees gather pollen from our wildflowers, bushes and blooming plants in the garden, and while they are needed to pollinate some crops, such as almonds, apples and broccoli, we grow very few of those plants at Jordan. Natives, such as bumblebees and Mason bees, are vital pollinators for important plants in our chef’s garden, such as tomatoes, squash, raspberries and strawberries, to name a few. That is why you’ll find Mason bee homes hanging from fruit trees and anchored between row crops in our winery garden. It’s also why we have open space dedicated to native bee pollinators. Although bees are not needed to pollinate Jordan’s grapevines, they are the primary pollinators for cover crops grown between the vines, which naturally replenish important soil nutrients.