Wineries are many things- laboratory, social hub, gallery, tasting room and more- but for most of our member wineries they're first and foremost farms. A highly specialized farm, granted, but one led by a farmer who typically has a very keen personal and professional interest in the health of the environment. Whenever possible, wineries will always strive to make smart business choices that help protect our delicate environment, knowing that if their winery's terroir changes radically, it could dramatically impact their business. Many of our member wineries maintain a sizeable mulch pile, the product of which is used to naturally keep weeds at bay in the vineyards, while helping recharge the soil, for example. The following wineries are some of the first in our region to take additional steps beyond the many basic, best practices used by virtually all our member wineries. If one of our member wineries listed on this site has deployed new hardware or behavior that should be added to this list, please email the Trail's executive director here. This list was initially compiled in the second half of 2012.
White Springs Winery - Tend to use laminated tasting notes that can be re-used, thereby wasting far less paper. For those wanting to take notes, who left their notebook at home, the winery will certainly furnish note paper on request.
Fox Run Vineyards - Many decisions made at the winery revolve around the fundamental question of whether a given practice or technology being considered will even potentially harm the nearby lake. Some of their pomace is used in Finger Lakes Grape Seed Oil.
Seneca Shore Wine Cellars - CFC lights are used throughout both the production facility and attached tasting room. A high efficiency, commercial grade wood stove was installed, largely powered by fallen wood recovered from the vineyard, and enabling the winery to use instant-on super hot water in place of potentially harsh cleaning chemicals.
Anthony Road Wine Company - Uses only biodegradable tasting cups at all outside tasting events. Some of their pomace is used in Finger Lakes Grape Seed Oil. The Vineyard Manager follows the official NYS VineBalance Program. Lastly, this winery strives to use eco-friendly glass for bottling as many of their wines as possible.
Miles Wine Cellars - Their warehouse is temperature controlled completely with geothermal energy. Concrete piers were installed 4 feet deep into the ground with a poured concrete floor to cover them. The walls/ceiling have also been super insulated, and the result is a wine warehouse that is 40 degrees year round with no enery costs or resulting pollution added to the environment. It is one of the reasons this winery is able to sucessfully bottle age their reds. Also, their grapes are sustainably grown with as few chemicals as possible.
Villa Bellangelo - CO2 recapture during fermentation.
Fruit Yard Winery - Blown soy insulation was used to insulate the walls of this tasting room, with a portion exposed through plexiglass in the wall nearest the parking lot. Highly efficient radiant heat system deployed in the floor.
Glenora Wine Cellars - "Green" labels, with no trees chopped down to create all their labels.
Fulkerson Winery - Participate in New York State Electric & Gas programs to help use less energy, including deployment of CFT lights in all thekir facilities.
Lakewood Vineyards - Aside from their aggressive composting and recycling programs, Lakewood also recently deployed a massive (almost 4,000 square feet, maxing out at 47 kw) solar array on the roof of their production facility. Some of their pomace is used in Finger Lakes Grape Seed Oil.
Castel Grisch Winery - Thorough recycling program including bottle shipping cartons made from recycled cardboard, with recycled glass used in wine bottles and glass stemware for tasting room sampling. Their Deck the Halls Weekend ornaments are all made from used corks, with the office using recycled toners in their printers. All wines are vegan and are made as organically as possible.
J.R. Dill Winery - Wine bottled in eco-friendly bottles.
Atwater Estate Vineyards - This progressive winery has begun planting more winter crops, opting to avoid using paper label by silkscreening their labels onto each bottle using eco-friendly inks and consistently recycling all paper used in both the tasting room and offices.
Penguin Bay Winery - One of the first sizeable solar panels on our Trail, 13.5 kw, was installed on this winery's roof. THey utilize the Cornell University Workbook for Sustainable Winegrowing. They use lightweight eco-glass in many of their bottles, meaning less material used, and less energy required to move the bottles. Much of their pomace is used in Finger Lakes Grape Seed Oil.
Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars - This winery has such an extensive, ever improving program, it is best to read about their environmental philosophy and tactics on their site; http://www.lamoreauxwine.com/site/view/188
Zugibe Vineyards - Utilizes a newer sprayer that more efficiently distributes the product, thereby enabling less to be used.
Three Brothers Wineries & Estates - About 80% of their facility is both heated and cooled using a geothermal system, with coils in Bagg Dare Pond. Utilize more etched labeling on some of their wines thus eliminating paper labels. Much of their pomace is used in Finger Lakes Grape Seed Oil. Have changed over all of their lighting to high-efficiency bulbs, decreasing their energy output in all of their buildings immensely. Utilize recyclable mini-bottles made from recycled materials. Provide customers the opportunity to taste wine from a take-home wine glass, thereby diminishing their use of plastics.
Ventosa Vineyards - Some of their pomace is used in Finger Lakes Grape Seed Oil.