Eco-Friendly Ponte Vineyard Inn: Temecula (Rancho) Wine Country, California

Ponte Vineyard Inn

Ponte Vineyard Inn is sited on a 300-acre family estate of vineyards. Ponte Vineyard Inn is an eco-friendly 60-room resort in Temecula (Rancho) Wine Country. The hotel is a platinum-level member of TripAdvisor’s GreenLeaders.

Do you have a pool or spa?

No we don’t. We made the decision to invest instead in our beautiful pond that provides water to local wild life and is a source of irrigation for our gardens (by capturing rain from our roof). — Ponte Vineyard Inn. At L’ EcoResort, this is fine with us.

In addition to the consideration given for local wildlife and irrigation, sustainable materials are used throughout many facets of the facility. The dirt parking lot is made from decomposed granite (DG) and has been carved out of the resort’s vineyard; this material is naturally attractive. It also serves to “captures and filters oils, fluids and other liquid emissions from vehicles and keeps them out of the water shed.”Ponte Vineyard Inn

The wall and roof surface at Ponte Vineyard Inn are insulated with sustainable, locally sourced materials to minimize wastes and caused the least environmental impact. Bedrooms are strategically positioned to minimize exposure to the sun with the natural use of trees for shelter. Gas, electricity, air-conditioning, laundry, the pond, and landscaping are all factored in, in an environmentally-friendly way. The bathrooms are fitted with showerheads that are designed to release the approximately needed low flow high pressure water; leak detectors to find any hidden seeps; ultra-low flow TOTO toilets that are noted for not having as frequent residue build-up in the bowls requiring regular cleanings and are low-flow or low-consumption; water irrigation for collecting rain water; and pre-plumbing for toilets for recycled grey water.

Ponte Vineyard Inn uses only sustainable suppliers and producers, and organic products. And the resort supports the soap recycling program through Clean the World, a non-profit charity whose two-part mission states the following:

  1. collect and recycle soap and hygiene products discarded every day by the hospitality industry and other sectors that generate environmental waste.
  2. through the distribution of these and other donated products to impoverished people, prevent millions of hygiene-related deaths each year, reduce the morbidity rate for hygiene-related illnesses, and encourage vigorous childhood development. Read more about Clean the World.



Article by: Tiffany Huggins

| January 13, 2016