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8 eco-friendly East Coast wineries

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

Photo: Shelburne Vineyard

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Shelburne Vineyard, Shelburne, Vt.

Located near the Lake Champlain Bikeway with its breathtaking mountain and lake vistas, Shelburne Vineyard has taken the state’s green ethic to heart — so much so it was named Sustainable Agriculture Farm of the Year in 2009 by nearby University of Vermont’s Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Besides its low-impact farming practices, like hand-weeding to minimize herbicide use, Shelburne’s new winery and tasting room is also built green with energy-efficient 8-inch-thick insulated walls, stone-cement floors and a wooden tasting bar — all constructed from local materials. Hot water arrives on demand, appliances are Energy Star, cleaning supplies are eco-friendly, packaging is made from recycled materials and the parking lot is paved with local permeable stone to cut runoff. Best of all, employees and visitors can come and go in carbon-friendly style via nearby public transportation.