Steve McIntyre
Steve McIntyre

A Monterey County, Calif., winegrape grower who uses solar panels, windmills and recycled wastewater, was named the California Association of Winegrape Grower's 2013 grower of the year.

Steve McIntyre entered the winegrape business in 1987 when he purchased an 80-acre estate in the Santa Lucia Highlands and established the McIntyre Estate Vineyard, according to a news release.

The land had been planted to pinot noir and chardonnay in 1973.

McIntyre and wife Kim founded Monterey Pacific Inc., a vicitulture management and development company that has grown to be the fifth largest vineyard management company in the country with more than 10,000 acres.

McIntyre was known for his sustainable practices even before the industry developed a more formal program. He was a founding member of the Central Coast Vineyard Team's Sustainabillity in Practice program.

Currently, the estate vineyard is certified sustainable by both the Central Coast group as well as the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance.

Among his practices are using solar panels and windmills for power and recycled wastewater for irrigation.

McIntyre currently serves on the Agriculture Advisory Committee for Monterey County and is chairman of the California Department of Food and Agriculture Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter Board as well as its research screening committee.