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18 Virginia Wineries Go Green

by Casey | Posted on October 23rd, 2013

Cheers to sustainability! Virginia’s winery owners are naturally committed to preserving and protecting the environment, and they realize their customers really care about the environment, too. Here are some of the ways 18 Virginia wineries have included “green” alongside their reds and whites.

DuCard Vineyards' new tasting room is fully powered by solar, and all food waste is composted.

DuCard Vineyards’ new tasting room is solar powered, and all food waste is composted.

  • Each winery has committed to voluntarily minimize the environmental impacts of their operations – including:
    • Provide recycling and implement waste reduction practices
    • Minimize the use of fertilizers and chemicals
    • Reduce water and energy consumption over time
    • Strive to host and promote green events and festivals
  • Many wineries are also engaged in other sustainable practices such as:
    • Solar power (two wineries are now producing more energy than they use)
    • Two winery tasting rooms are certified by the US Green Building Council
    • Geothermal heating and air conditioning systems
    • Composting all food waste and disposables from tasting rooms and certain festivals
    • Stormwater collection systems that reuse water for flushing toilets and irrigation
    • Innovative wastewater treatment designs that use wetland plants to purify water prior to discharge
    • Winemaking techniques that dramatically minimize waste, water use, and energy needs for stabilization
    • Recycling corks and using bottles, corks, and packaging that minimize material uses and waste

Guests can expect to see recycling and many other green practices in place at every Virginia Green certified winery. Include one of these 18 wineries in your vacation plans by planning a trip at VirginiaGreenTravel.org. Look for the Virginia Green logo!

Cooper Vineyards' tasting room is certified LEED platinum and uses solar power, as well as a geothermal heating and cooling system.

Cooper Vineyards’ tasting room is certified LEED platinum and uses solar power, as well as a geothermal heating and cooling system.

Learn more about Virginia Green certification for wineries.

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6 Great #FallinVA Instagrams

by | Posted on October 23rd, 2013

Hey! Here are six awesome Instagrams that show off a variety of  what’s to love this #FallinVA. But we want MORE! Show us what fall in Virginia looks like through your eyes with a real-time Instagram that includes the #FallinVA hashtag. We’re sharing our favorites each week via our blogour Facebook page, and even in our Fall Foliage Reports. Show off!

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Chrysalis Vineyards by @jennnnnn7

Chrysalis Vineyards by @jennnnnn7

Cahas Mountain by @Melissa_Durham

Cahas Mountain by @Melissa_Durham

View from the Appalachian Trail by @aponyrider

View from the Appalachian Trail by @aponyrider

UVA Rotunda by @Ashleylynngreene

UVA Rotunda by @Ashleylynngreene

Stinson Vineyards by @monicalverastegui

Stinson Vineyards by @monicalverastegui

The Virginia Creeper Trail by @visitabingdonva

The Virginia Creeper Trail by @visitabingdonva

 

Sarah is your friendly neighborhood Virginia Tourism photographer. You just might see her out and about capturing our next wave of beautiful images, and she’s the gal behind the @VisitVirginia Instagram account. Give us a follow and don’t forget to tag your shots #FallinVA for fall and #LOVEVA for everything else Virginia beautiful.

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