Last week, when I wrote about the recently renovated, fun and sustainable Francis Ford Coppola Winery, I learned about a new trend. The Coppola Winery boasts two electric car charging stations. And as they pointed out, they are not the only wineries promoting green driving : several other California Wineries have also begun to cater to the electric car crowd, installing their own charging stations. Here is a run down:
1. Francis Ford Coppola Winery. The 24-acre winery located in Alexander Valley, California, features two restaurants, a full bar, a wine tasting room, two swimming pools, a movie gallery, a performing arts Pavilion and a park area with game tables and bocce courts. And just this year the winery installed two electric car charging stations.
2. Linganore Winecellars may be the only winery outside of California to have electric car chargers. The winery, in Mt. Airy, MD, is the state’s largest winery. Situated on 230 acres in eastern Frederick County, Linganore produces over 600,000 bottles of wine per year. In addition to making our 6 wind-powered wineries list, Linganore installed a ground mount solar array that now powers two electric vehicle stations for visitors to the winery.
3. Cade Winery, which is owned by the likes of former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and billionaire Gordon Getty, spared no expense in its sustainability efforts. Built to “hopefully achieve a coveted gold LEED certification”, the $16 million, solar-powered winery is made out of recycled steel, concrete mixed with fly ash, insulation from recycled blue jeans, renewable materials, and grey water for irrigation. In addition to the chargers in the parking lot, the winery also boasts bike racks “to encourage green transportation.”
4. Jarvis Winery, often referred to as the “original cave winery” in California, is completely underground: fermentation tanks, wine storage and even the administrative offices. Already possessing a strong sustainability program, (Jarvis’ sustainability efforts are administered by the California Land Stewardship Institute and the winery is both the Napa Green Certified and holds a Fish Friendly Farming Environmental Certification), Jarvis added free charging stations in late 2011. The station is run completely off Jarvis’s solar panels that are hidden in the hills alongside the winery.
5. Hall Wines was the first winery in Napa Valley to provide an electric recharging station. Not surprisingly, as Hall has always been on the cutting edge of sustainability practices. A CCOF certified organic grower of grapes Hall was California’s first winery to receive the LEED Gold Certification.
6. Benziger Family Winery in Glen Ellen, CA, one of the great, original Biodynamic® certified wineries and a leader in green technology, boasts among its many sustainable programs electric charging stations . The website says that a network card required.
7. Inman Family Winery, a small, natural winery, opened a new tasting room and winery in the spring of 2010 and with it they were “able to fully realize [their] goals of environmental responsibility.” They used recycled and upcycled materials including steel made from recycled automobiles, recaptured waste water, and solar that powers their public charging station.
8. Clif Family Winery & Farm owned by the same folks who make Clif Bars, has an electric car charging station at their fabulous tasting room Velo Vino Napa Valley. Clif Bars and wine? The story goes that Clif Bar owners, Gary & Kit, developed a love of food and wine during cycling through Europe; a day of cycling would “inevitably end with a long meal and a great bottle of wine. ” The charging station is just an extension of their overall philosophy and a facebook post says it all: “What can you do while your car’s charging? Hmm, taste some delicious wine perhaps?”