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Green Awards to Cooper and DuCard Vineyards

Cooper Vineyards in Virginia

Cooper Vineyards in Louisa, Virginia, is LEED certified.

According to a press release from Virginiawine.org, Cooper Vineyards and DuCard Vineyards have been recognized for their “green” efforts.

In November, VIRGINIA GREEN recognized 19 businesses throughout the commonwealth for leadership in green practices. Cooper and DuCard are among them.

As we’ve reported, Cooper Vineyards, in Louisa, VA, recently received Platinum LEED Certification. According to Virginiawine.org, they are the first winery on the East Coast and the second in the United States to receive this accreditation.

Cooper Vineyards, Virginia winery

Cooper Vineyards boasts a long, curvilinear bar designed by local artisan Stan Webb.

The curved tasting room bar was designed by local artisan Stan Webb of Concrete Ideas. Cooper runs a music series on the deck from April to December in the afternoon. The solar field supplies 15-20% of the winery’s electrical needs.

 

DuCard Vineyards has solar paneling and uses local and recycled products. They also help train 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.

DuCard Vineyards, Virginia

Solar panels provide power to Virginia's DuCard Vineyards tasting room in Etlan.

You’ll find the following on Virginia Green’s website, “Wineries and breweries are an integral part of Virginia’s tourism industry, and they depend on upon clean water, air, and land to make their product. It only makes sense that wineries and breweries would want to do their part to help the environment.” See Virginia Green for more info.

Read our cover story on DuCard vineyards for more!

 

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