Crossing Vineyards and Winery, Washington Crossing, Pa.
Named for its proximity to the site of George Washington’s fabled frosty boat ride across the Delaware in 1776, Crossing Vineyards and Winery’s M.O. is sustainability. Located on a 200-year-old estate in historic Bucks County, north of Philadelphia, the vineyard’s new 3,000-foot windowless wine-processing building (pictured in the distance) boasts a geothermal cooling/heating system and super-insulated doors, walls and ceilings. Light sensors and timers conserve energy, and a water-recharging well prevents runoff by recycling groundwater. Plans are in the works to outfit the structure with solar panels, similar to those recently installed on the wine-tasting building. The vineyard also recycles its fruit-pulp waste for use as natural fertilizer and nurtures its vines via low-impact herbicides and pesticides, including natural oils and kelp products that help fight diseases and a bug-eating bat squad (encouraged to take up residence in bat boxes scattered around the grounds).