Use local products, such as cheeses, meats, chocolates and spring water, for our tasting room, with reliance on the Buy Fresh Buy Local program sponsored by the Piedmont Environmental Council.
Source locally: more than 90 percent of the capital value at DuCard comes from products, suppliers and tradesmen located within 100 miles of our property.
Eliminate the use of plastics in our tableware. Cups, knives and forks are made of fully biodegradable corn and potato based starches rather than petrochemicals, and plates are made from compostable recycled paper. All are US manufactured.
Eliminate plastic water bottles, a longstanding environmental goal globally. DuCard is the only Virginia winery to have done this. Through a partnership with Virginia Artesian Water we are using returnable, reusable glass bottles – similar to how the milkman delivered milk back in the day. See press release here for more details. News coverage here. Note 9/22: Program is on hold due to global supply chain issues – bottle availability and transportation. We hope to resume it in the future, with a needed critical mass of other local businesses.
Using wine bottles that are about 20% lighter than average, requiring less fuel for shipping.
Recycle wine bottle corks for use in flooring products through Re-Cork C’ville, an initiative of Carpet Plus in Charlottesville.
Supporting sustainability projects run by The Carbon Fund to offset our carbon footprint.
Help train local people in vineyard operations and management through a season-long “adopt a row” Canopy Management class for the viticulture and enology program of Piedmont Virginia Community College.