Crosskeys Vineyards Joins Green Initiative

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

MT. CRAWFORD, Va. -- Crosskeys Vineyard in Mount Crawford is making an effort to share how they're being environmentally friendly.

They're now part of Virginia Green, a voluntary commitment, that means businesses are doing certain activities such as recycling and water conservation.

As a farm winery, they grow their own grapes and also grow food for their restaurant.

Crosskeys Vineyards also minimizes the amount of pesticides they use on the grapes.

All of the wine tanks are insulated and Rosenberg said the cellar is cool naturally so there's no excess heat or air conditioning.

The garden just started a few months ago, but it is already providing plenty of vegetables for the executive chef.

"The environment's incredibly important to us so we want to do everything we can to help keep stable so that we're able to continue growing grapes and producing great wines. We recycle cans, bottles, we use. Most of our corks we donate to local artists who use it in projects," said Rosenberg.

They also conserve by using linens for events and they re-use china they have on site.

Part of Virginia Green also involves the customers.

According to Virginia's government website, they ask that customers check in on people who visit the business give feedback.

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