Last week we told about how we make wine as environmentally-friendly as we can. Here’s how we carry that commitment throughout the rest of our business.
Winery Tasting Room & Kitchen
- 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.
- We recycle plastic, glass, aluminum, newspaper, office paper and magazines.
- 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, to be turned into more Ecobottles.
- Our to-go containers are made from recycled paper, not Styrofoam.
- 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. (These are kinder to our staff, too– The incandescent bulbs had to be replaced every six months, by our staff on a tall ladder. LEDs will last for six years, so our staff doesn’t have as many opportunities to fall off a ladder.)
- Much of the produce we use in our Kitchen travels just 12 miles, from a family-owned greenhouse near Keystone.
- Many of the items we offer for sale in the tasting room are made by local artisans and crafters–less fossil fuel consumed for transportation.
- 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.
- 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 encourage employees to carpool.
- We use electronic communications whenever possible, including fax-to-email.
- Our employees volunteer to pick up trash along a stretch of highway twice a year.
- We offer sustainability training to our employees.
Just like our ancestors, we want to use the earth responsibly, and leave it better for those who come next.