||Our business is based in nature, so we feel a responsibility to be good stewards
of our land and our surrounding environment. Here’s how we strive to accomplish sustainability
at DuCard Vineyards. We are proud to have been recognized as the Greenest Winery In Virginia.
- We were awarded the Virginia Green Travel Star designation
- Practice sustainability by limiting our use of chemical sprays whenever possible and utilizing organic materials, biological methods, mating disruption pheromones and other means to protect the vines
- Compost grape waste by-products for use in our fields and gardens.
- Maintain a riparian buffer along the stream that adjoins the property.
- Plant wildflowers adjacent to the vineyard to encourage beneficial insects.
- Use solar panels from Urban Grid Solar to generate the electricity we use for heating, cooling and lighting in our tasting room.
- Use reclaimed hardwoods from our barns and other Appalachian sources for our flooring and our bar, through locally based Mountain Lumber Co .
- Use local products, such as cheeses, meats, chocolates and spring water, for our tasting room, with reliance on the Buy Fresh Buy Local program sponsored by the Piedmont Environmental Council.
- Source locally: more than 90 percent of the capital value at DuCard comes from products, suppliers and tradesmen located within 100 miles of our property.
- Eliminate the use of plastics in our tableware. Cups, knives and forks are made of fully biodegradable corn and potato based starches rather than petrochemicals, and plates are made from compostable recycled paper. All are US manufactured.
- Reduce our carbon footprint by using wine bottles that are about 20% lighter than average, requiring less fuel for shipping.
- Recycle wine bottle corks for use in flooring products through Re-Cork C’ville, an initiative of Carpet Plus in Charlottesville.
- Offset our carbon footprint by supporting projects run by The Carbon Fund
- Provide electric car charging through a partnership with TESLA (other brands can also be recharged) - complimentary for customers. We are only the second winery in VA to offer this (and yes, the power comes from our solar array) See Press Release
- Help train local people in vineyard operations and management through a season-long “adopt a row” Canopy Management class for the viticulture and enology program of Piedmont Virginia Community College.
- Partner with the local Firnew Farm Artists Circle to display local landscapes and other paintings on a rotating basis on our tasting room walls.
- Process winery wastewater using our own artificial wetland system that uses plants to filter the water of sugars and other matter
- Support a range of nonprofit organizations through wine donations, silent auction tour and tastings, use of our facilities and related ways to give back to the broader community.