Being loyal stewards of the planet matters to Nancy Irelan and Mike Schnelle, co-owners of Red Tail Ridge Winery in Penn Yan, Yates County. Their commitment to sustainability extends from the winery’s 4,000-square-foot production facility that uses geothermal heating and cooling to the vineyard, where a permanent cover crop between the grapevine rows improves the soil’s organic content and microbial diversity.
Community causes also interest the couple: 10 percent of gross profits from each sale of Good Karma – a Riesling and Chardonnay blend – goes to Foodlink, the upstate New York food bank. The charity wine has attracted a following, rivaled only by the one that clamors for Red Tail Ridge’s unoaked Chardonnay.
Tasting room hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday from April 2 to Nov. 30. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday from Dec. 1 to April 1.
Tasting fee: $2 for five samples.
Accessibility: Fully accessible.
Amenities: Watering and rest stop for dogs, stocked with waste bags, a waste can and hand sanitizer. Free tours on Saturdays and Sundays in the summer of the winery’s production facility, which has earned gold-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Call ahead for times and details.