11 Shailor Hill Rd. Colchester, CT 06415
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SOLAR & ENVIRONMENTAL
In 2018 Priam Vineyards tripled the size of their tasting room and increased their production capacity by 100%.
The addition utilizes state of the art heat pumps as well as extending its earth banking strategy to take advantage of the earth’s average temperature of 50 degrees. The entire addition utilizes LED lighting which when used in conjunction with walls of windows allow light into the winery and tasting room without the additional heat, reducing electrical needs. The additional space allowed Priam to dramatically increase the quality of its wines as well as launch its Certified Vegan Wine program.
In September 2010, Priam Vineyards became the first winery in New England to be completely solar powered, completing the installation of panels that provides all the power needed to run the winery as well as all production of our wines.
The winery was built into the hillside at the base of the vineyard, as a New England style barn. It was designed specifically to make use of the earth’s cool temperature in the wine cellar, as well as the use of gravity to feed juice from the crush pad to the tanks, to help reduce the impact on the environment.
As environmentalists, we also practice sustainable agriculture, propagating bluebirds rather than using insecticides, to maintain a healthy vineyard. The 40 acre farm has been certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a natural bird and wildlife habitat.
Priam Vineyards Completes Phase Two of Solar Panel Installation
Priam Vineyards has completed a second installation of 30 solar panels, approx. 9Kw, in addition to the existing 50 panel system, 11.5 Kw, that will now bring their production up to 36000Kw, completely powering all parts of the winery, as well as feeding back to the grid.
Priam Vineyards is now Solar Powered
Priam Vineyards has completed an installation of solar panels that will completely power the winery, making it 100% green, and the first solar powered winery in New England. Special thanks to Gro Solar and Zelek Electric for a beautiful job. Read more about it in the Hartford Courant article. Priam Vineyards Harnessing The Sun Even More – Hartford Courant.