At Prairie Berry, every day is earth day. One of our values is to strive to leave the world a better place, honoring nature at every turn of the business.
As a winery and brewery, we’re fundamentally earth-based. From the vines to the wines, we are aware that we don’t own our chunk of earth and we’re privileged to be able to use it.
When building the Prairie Berry Winery, Miner Brewing Company, and Prairie Berry East Bank, one of our goals was to make them as earth-friendly as possible. Here are some examples of how we’ve done that.
- The industry standard for water used to produce a case of wine, start to finish, is seven to eight gallons. We use three.
- Fermenting wine produces heat, which we use to heat other parts of the winery during the winter.
- We make many of our wines from native fruit, which grows wild nearby, with no irrigation or fertilizer required. We harvest responsibly and sustainably (by hand) so we impact the environment as little as possible.
- Prairie Berry East Bank is a Certified Green Business, recognized by the City of Sioux Falls.
- The wine production area uses very little heat in the winter and utilizes nighttime ventilation for cooling during the summer.
- The waste from winemaking, grape skins, apricot pits, and chokecherry seeds, all go to the compost pile, not the landfill.
- Spent grain from the brewery is used by local farmers to feed cattle.
- Our wine goes into Ecobottles, which are made in the U.S.A., and use less glass than traditional bottles, cutting down on the weight, space and resources needed to transport them. They are made of nearly 66% recycled glass.
- The winery uses a geothermal system for heating and cooling.
- Exhaust air goes through an energy recovery heat exchanger.
- The heat from the Kitchen heats the rest of the winery in the winter.
- The winery building is made mostly of metal, with between 30 percent and 80 percent recycled content. It is infinitely recyclable.
- A high insulation value throughout the winery means we require less energy for heating and cooling.
- We recycle plastic, glass, aluminum, newspaper, and office paper.
- We offer only fresh water and glasses in the tasting room–no bottled water.
- All the wine bottles from our tasting room go into the recycling bin, eventually to be turned into more bottles.
- Our to-go containers are made from recycled paper, not Styrofoam.
- We were the first company in South Dakota to offer wine on tap. 1 wine keg = 26 bottles. Each keg saves 2,340 lbs of trash from the landfill over its lifetime.
- Our lights are controlled by motion sensors, so we’re lighting only the areas that need to be lit.
- Our tasting room is lit by LED bulbs, which are 90 percent more efficient than the incandescent bulbs they replaced. Not only do they use 90 percent less electricity, they produce 90 percent less heat that the cooling system has to remove.
- Much of the produce we use in our Kitchen travels just 12 miles, from a family-owned greenhouse near Keystone, SD.
- We use mostly native plants in our landscaping. These are adapted to our climate and thrive with little supplemental water and no additional fertilizer.
- All the rock in our landscaping is sourced within 10 miles of the winery.