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8 eco-friendly East Coast wineries

By: Sidney Stevens on Jan. 14, 2011, 12:06 p.m.


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Heron Hill Winery, Hammondsport, N.Y.

Perched on a hill above picturesque Keuka Lake in the Finger Lakes region of New York, Heron Hill participates with VineBalance, a sustainable state viticulture program. Though not certified organic, green vineyard practices abound, including steering clear of chemical fertilizers, insecticides and herbicides. Grasses and plants grow freely (including between vine rows) to cut soil erosion, attract pest-fighting insects and serve as fixings in “green manure.” Owner John Ingle, an animal lover, also recently teamed up with Seneca White Deer Inc. — buy a bottle of Heron Hill’s semi-dry Riesling and $2 is donated to save a rare, all-white variation of the ubiquitous brown-colored white-tail deer. And if you’re looking to get hitched in eco-style, Heron Hill is an approved Green Bride Guide vendor.