Environmental Responsibility

Going Green

LEED® Gold Certified Winery

We are New York State’s first LEED®- Gold Certified Winery. Our winery building (built in 2009) runs on geothermal energy for heating, cooling and refrigeration. LEED® stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is a third party certification process for green buildings through the U.S. Green Building Council.  


The building was rated on water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation and design. The building itself runs completely on geothermal heating and cooling that allows us to cut back our energy use by over 50 percent. The system uses the earth’s constant temperature to heat or cool liquid that moves through two sets of heat pumps. The system is incorporated in the floors and tank jackets of the winery allowing for controlled zone heating or tank chilling.


Red Tail Ridge’s “green” features

  • Biodegradable cleaning products.

  • Walls contain recycled materials, galvanized steel.

  • Fieldstone on facade came from vineyard grounds.

  • Geothermal heating/cooling system.

  • Double pane windows sealed with inert gas to utilize daylighting and cut energy use.

  • Use of suppliers within a 500-mile radius.

  • Drainage ditches, drain tile and irrigation pond minimize storm runoff.

  • Laser-straight rows planted 6 feet apart aid in cultivation and weed control.

  • Fencing and nets deter wildlife humanely.

846 State Route 14 

Penn Yan, NY 14527 



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