Grapes from our vineyard are processed in our green-built winery facility, where we strive to decrease our carbon footprint by improving efficiency, quantifying and saving water and energy, and reducing waste
5-kW Solar Array
The 22 photovoltaic solar panels on the tasting room not only reduce our electric bill, they also reduce the amount of carbon emitted into the atmosphere from fossil fuel electricity production. Since January 2011, our 5 kW solar array has offset 24,868 kilograms of CO2. That’s equivalent to the carbon removal capability of nearly 5 acres of trees in the U.S.
Electric Vehicle (EV) & Charging Station
Electric Vehicle (EV) drivers can enjoy wine and our green production practices while charging their car for the return trip. Our 100% electric-powered Nissan LEAF can go up to 80 miles on one charge. At 8-cents per kWh, we spend less than $2.50 per 100 miles we drive.
Green-built Winery Facility
When designing the winery, we tried to be as resource-efficient as possible. Design features such as natural and high-efficiency lighting, spray foam insulation, and a high-efficiency HVAC system help us use less energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Green Waste Composting Bin
All skins, stems and seeds from the winemaking process are composted and spread between the vines to provide nutrients and organic soil amendments. The compost also helps with erosion control, moisture retention and overall vineyard health.
Rain Collection Barrel
Collecting reclaimed rain water from our expanded roof-top provides water for native plants and landscaping while reducing demand from the public water supply and potential erosion.
Recycling Collection Center
While we use more than 30,000 glass bottles each year when bottling our wine, we partner with community recycling programs including Ripple Glass and the Mid-America Regional Council Soil Waste Management District to recycle as much packaging material, keeping it out of local landfills. We have the goal of being a zero-waste winemaking facility within three years.
Native Plant POLLINATOR Garden
We’ve incorporated numerous native plants and grasses into our landscaping to provide the resources necessary for Monarch Butterflies and other pollinators (including our resident bees!) to produce successive generations and sustain their migration.