To conduct our business being as 'green' as possible. Our vineyard planting, building materials and engineering, solar panels, and equipment are on site because they fit into our 'green scheme.' We converted the lighting in the building to LED. We produced 11050 KWH of electricity over the past twelve months. Additionally, we compost all of the wine making waste. The finished compost goes back onto the vineyard and vegetable garden.
Stabilize the Land:
Land planted to grapes is land that supports a very large avian, small mammal, and insect population. A vineyard provides one of the most desirable and visually pleasing landscapes in the commonwealth. In short, the data shows that a vineyard and winery serves to boost the economy of a region and or neighborhood. Happy Valley Vineyard & Winery invested more than a quarter million dollars back into the local economy last year (2013) and is set to exceed that amount this fiscal year. Much of that income was generated through sales to tourists visiting State College. Owners and staff at Happy Valley Vineyard & Winery pay mortgages, rent, tuition at Penn State, buy fuel for cars and heating, food, clothes, gifts, frequent restaurants around town, and appropriately enjoy the State College night life. We have equipment repaired at car dealerships and at a local welding shop. The winery was built by Morton Building, and the tasting room was constructed by Envinity, a very local and growing company.
Source Local Materials:
As much as possible, our purchases are made locally – and if not local, ecologically sustainable. Hardy board siding was selected for the building because it is made up of recycled paper and concrete, long lasting, and not subject to hail damage. Murus Corporation provided the SIPS panels. The timber frame is local Eastern Hemlock, the flooring is local Green Ash. Solar panels, inverters, controllers are made in the USA. Many of the eco bottles we use for bottling our wine are made from sand mined near Mt. Union PA. As well, most of our wine bottles are manufactured at the Port Allegheny bottle factory.