Aside from the solar electricity used to power our two buildings, we have two small tractors that use diesel fuel. We buy diesel that is a blend of traditional diesel and bio-diesel.
The greatest environmental impact of wine is its transportation from winery to market. When customers purchase wine from local producers it greatly minimizes its carbon footprint. Most of our wine is sold from the tasting room. The remainder is distributed to stores and restaurants in the Northeastern U.S. When we ship wine to consumers via UPS, we purchase carbon offsets to mitigate the impact of shipping. Therefore, our carbon footprint is much smaller than the average winery.
Silver Thread is a zero-waste company, meaning we compost, re-use or recycle virtually everything used to make and sell our wine. Vineyard prunings and grape pomace (leftover skins and seeds) are composted and spread on the vineyard. Organic matter that remains after fermentation such as dead yeast are also spread onto the vineyard. Our packaging (bottle, cork, cardboard case box) is 100% recyclable. The tasting room recycles nearly all service items used in hospitality.