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Rockbridge Vineyard

Virginia Green is the Commonwealth of Virginia’s campaign to promote environmentally-friendly practices in all aspects of Virginia’s tourism industry. Virginia Green has established "core activities" specific to each sector of tourism, and these practices are considered the required minimum for participation in the program. However, Virginia Green encourages its participants to reduce their environmental impacts in all aspects of their operations, and this profile provides a full list of all their “green” activities. These are the activities that guests / customers can expect to find when they visit this facility.

Rockbridge Vineyard

Family-owned and operated farm winery located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Producing award-winning Virginia wines for nearly 25 years.

As a winery, our entire existence and future are intrinsically connected to the well-being of our land. With that in mind, we have a responsibility to protecting and preserving the environment around us. Additionally, we believe that we have a responsibility to our community and our planet to do what we can to protect and sustain the natural world.

All of our cheeses come from local producers within 8 miles of the winery.

Virginia Green Activities

This facility pledges that they:
Recycle & Reduce Wastes
- Have in place clearly marked recycling bins or provide convenient drop-off locations for guests to recycle: 
- Glass bottles 
- Aluminum cans 
- Paper 
- Newspaper 
- Office paper 
- Have an effective food inventory control sytem to minimize waste. 
- Printer/ copy machine toner cartridges 
- Cardboard 
- Use
- Fluorescent lamps (may be required by law) 
- Batteries (may be required by law for NiCad and Lead-Acid) 
- Use water pitchers to minimize the use of single-use bottles 
- Use bulk soap dispensers instead of individual soaps/shampoos in guest rooms 
- Purchase recycled-content paper-towels and toilet paper 
- Remove facility and staff names from junk mail lists when possible 
- Reuse scrap paper for notes 
- Use reused building materials or those from sustainable sources 
- Re-use paint thinners 
- Properly recycle and/or dispose of thinners and solvents (required by law) 
- Minimize use of pesticides and herbicides in landscaping 

Minimize the use of disposable food service products.
- Use disposable food service items that are recyclable in your area 
- Please list the disposible food service products that are used at your facility (required for Virginia Green) Recyclable plastic cutlery

Minimize the use of Pesticides/Herbicides/Fungicides and Fertilizers
- Commitment to minimize overall use of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizer 
- Training staff effectively to use said chemicals correctly and in proper applications 

Use water efficiently.
- Assessed production of water-conserving opportunities during cleaning procedures including cleaning of water tanks, crush pads, barrels, receiving, storage, equipment and floors 
- Perform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks  
- Minimizes lawn areas 

Conserve energy.
- Track overall energy bills 
- Use caves or other underground facilities for wine storage and/or production 
- Wine tanks are fully insulated 
- Temperature of wine holding tanks are controlled through a central thermostat system 
- Have installed ceiling fans  
- Have installed ENERGY STAR-rated windows and doors 
- Keep office doors and windows closed if HVAC system is on 
- Use natural lighting
Source of energy
- Have adopted a ploicy/practice to turn off lights in unoccupied rooms 
- Have adopted a policy/practice to minimize the use of lighting during night cleaning 
- Generate electricity from photovoltaic solar panels 

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For more information on Rockbridge Vineyard, see or contact Parke Rouse at or 540-377-6204.

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