Arrington Vineyards Shares its Eco-Friendly Processes
The beautiful scenery and, of course, delicious wine draws locals and tourists to Arrington Vineyards, located just 25 minutes from downtown Franklin. The vineyard opened its doors in July 2007 and is owned by Kip Summers, John Russell and country music artist Kix Brooks of Brooks and Dunn.
There is a lot of precision and detail that goes into growing and harvesting grapes to prepare for the winemaking process. Due to the number of materials used during the process, Arrington Vineyards has adopted environmentally friendly ways to combat waste, pollution and overuse of energy resources.
Sarita DelaCalzada, the vineyard’s wine club and shipping director, says the vineyard recycles, composts, purchases recycled shipping boxes and uses pulp inserts instead of styrofoam to keep wine secure during shipment.
Winemaker Chase Vienneau says Arrington recycles all paper and cardboard and they also repurpose used corks by donating them to decorators and designers to be used for home décor designs.
“We have the option to send used cork back to our vendor to be recycled to make cork shoes,” he says.
He adds that they use only naturally grown cork stoppers for their bottles because the cork wood is biodegradable and has a low carbon footprint, instead of alternative stoppers such as screw-on caps or plastic corks. They also recycle glass wine bottles and have recruited the help of several different recycling companies to do so. Chase says the companies are willing to help with recycling as long as the paper labels and glue are removed beforehand. The bottles must also be sorted by color and crushed down before being delivered to a glass recycling facility. This is a challenging process for Arrington, but they have taken the initiative to maintain an eco-friendly process.
Not only does Arrington recycle but they also compost. Grape skins, seeds, pulp and other ingredients are given to local farmers so that they can use it for compost instead of sending the unwanted materials to the landfill. Other environmentally friendly processes include using solar power generators.
“In terms of being ecologically sound, we use a 25-kilowatt solar power generator which utilizes a system that costs over $250,000 to install, and we have been slowly switching out all of our hundreds of incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs,” Chase says. “This will ensure that Arrington is using less electricity and relying more on solar energy.”
Arrington Vineyards is doing its part to lessen their carbon footprint and to make healthy decisions for the environment. Chase shares that they will continue to do so.
“The more eco-friendly we can be to the environment and wine, the better we feel about ourselves and the wine we are making,” he says.
To learn more about Arrington Vineyards, visit ArringtonVineyards.com.