Now-a-days people across the globe are focusing on Eco-friendly solutions, even for everyday living. Similarly the businesses are undertaking green ways into their productions, and the winery business is not an exception. Considering the nature of wine making business, most would think that it would be difficult to achieve. Also, in few cases it is true; however there are wineries that have put in extra efforts to accomplish their goal of going green. Given below is a list of top five Eco-friendly wineries, who have successfully switched over to a more sustainable and greener ways of doing things.
1. Parducci Wine Cellars
This business has effectively switched over from fossil fuels to 100 per cent solar and wind energy to power their winery. The change was announced in April, 2008, thus making Parducci one of the very first carbon-neutral wineries. The oldest family operated winery of Parducci Wine Cellar is located in Mendocino Valley, California. The transition to sustainable energy is equivalent of plantation of 242 acres of trees.
2. Navarro Vineyards
If you are visiting this vineyard, then you are sure to get the âwarm and fuzzyâ feeling, as you cast your eyes over the huge landscape. Navarro Vineyards does not own the mechanical lawnmowers. You will see baby doll sheep grazing all over the vines. Thus, keeps the rows between the plants free from insidious grass and weeds. The adorable creatures reduce the fuel consumption at the winery. Navarro Vineyards believes in composting the organic wastes and re-using the compost to keep the soil rich and also, to refrain from herbicide use. The winery is small in size and does most of their business via direct ordering.
3. Rodney Strong Vineyards
Rodney Strong Vineyards is located in the flourishing Sonoma Valley and is functional since 1989. It uses solar energy. They have installed more than four thousand solar panels and generate their own power. The energy produced by the solar panels is capable of powering almost 800 homes. Rodney Strong Vineyards are committed to use sustainable energy.
4. Honig Vineyard and Winery
Honig Vineyard and Winery is located in Rutherford, California. Mealy bugs are the curse of the winery as every year they damage almost around 30 to 40 thousand acres of grape vines. It is difficult to detect them, as they are hidden in the bark and roots of the plants. Honig Vineyard and Winery have specially trained dogs to detect the scent of mealy bugs, which are then removed by the workers. This Vineyard is famous for using solar power.
5. University of California
Davis is renowned for its involvement in the business of eco-friendly wines. Recently, the university has completed construction work on the first winery in the world that has received the LEED Platinum certification. The $20 million structure is designed as a winery, food and brewery processing plant.
Most of the imported grapes are pesticide-laden produce and it is no wonder that we are often using organic wines to fulfill our glasses and taste buds. Organic wines are made from organic grapes, which are grown without chemicals that kill insects and weeds. Also, no chemical fertilizers and fungicides are used. Various nations have their own set of rules and regulations regarding the “organic,” produce. In Italy and France sulfite is used as a preservative to stabilize wines, even then the wines are said to be “organic”. The standards vary according to the country.