LEED Certified Wineries in the U.S.

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If there’s one thing you need to know about Green Badger, its that we love a frosty pint or tall glass of wine for almost any reason – especially if it occurs during times that used to be dedicated to slogging through LEED paperwork. While we love all kinds of wine, when we travel we drink local. And even more than local wines, we love wineries and vineyards that incorporate sustainability into their ethos and operations. Below you’ll find our initial compilation of sustainable wineries from across the country – if there’s some we missed, please let us know!

 

Photos via Goldeneye Winery

Goldeneye Winery – Philo, California

LEED Scorecard: Gold 40/69

Construction Company: Nordby Construction

“In 2010, our Gowan Creek Winery earns Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, becoming the third winery in California to achieve the coveted environmental certification.” (via Goldeneye Winery)

 

Photos via CADE Winery

CADE Winery – Angwin, California

LEED Scorecard: Gold 40/69

CADE Winery, Angwin, CA by Lail Design Group. CADE-Bendheim-channel-glass-walls-AG-3 by Matt Vizcarra.

“At CADE Estate, we believe that winemaking should honor the land, both aesthetically and ecologically. Our philosophy of making luxury wine in harmony with the environment begins in the soil of their estate vineyard where they maintain a painstaking program of natural cultivation – a rewarding program that made us the first organically farmed LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certified estate winery in the Napa Valley.” (via CADE Winery)

 

Photos via Shale Oak Winery

Shale Oak Winery—Paso Robles, California

LEED Scorecard: Gold 69/110

“Dedicated to providing a quality product, Studio2G strives to find a harmonious balance between a design aesthetic, the client’s intentions, the workings of the built world, and an understanding of the natural environment. As they got to know Al and to better understand his vision, an avant-garde architectural style was proposed, as well as LEED Certification with a goal of achieving “Silver” Certification. Special care was taken to design the buildings and the site with great sensitivity to the existing environment. So much so, that the project was awarded “Gold” Certification.” (via Shale Oak Winery)

 

Photos via Odette Winery

Odette Winery—Napa, California

LEED Scorecard: Gold 61/110

“We founded Odette Estate Winery with a guiding philosophy of environmental responsibility and a commitment to preserving our special spot in the Stags Leap District for generations to come.

Organic farming is a natural decision for us, and it’s just as important that our winery construction and operation reflect these priorities. To this end, we hired architect Juan Carlos Fernandez to design our LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certified estate winery. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. At Odette Estate, this includes the use of:

  • Recycled shipping containers serve as the winemaking office and lab
  • Recycled marine plywood flooring
  • Concrete mixed with fly ash, a coal by-product that reduces the use of cement
  • Perforated aluminum panels for sun protection and natural air flow reducing the need for cooling
  • 8500 square feet of planted living roof
  • Naturally insulated caves
  • Individually jacketed fermentation tanks
  • Polycarbonate paneling and solar panels minimize the use of electricity
  • Rain water capture for irrigation
  • Electrical car outlets to encourage green transportation”

(via Odette Winery)

 

Photos via In Balance Green Consulting

Hilliard Bruce Winery—Lompoc, California

LEED Scorecard: Silver 52/110

“Embracing sustainability in the vineyard has translated to every aspect of the winery’s purposeful design. Among the many features at the gravity-flow winery is a subterranean naturally humidified cellar with ambient temperature-controlled aging rooms, solar power, no-maintenance core-ten steel siding, creative LED lighting, as well as 40ft solar tubes that bring natural sunlight into the cellar. Views of the Sta. Rita Hills through 120-foot-wide by 2.5-story-tall glass windows can be seen from virtually every corner inside the building – a perfect reminder of the beautiful natural landscape that surrounds us. Designed by local architect Vladimir Milosevic.” (Via Hilliard Bruce Winery)

 

Photos via Frog’s Leap Winery

Frog’s Leap Winery—Rutherford, California

LEED Scorecard: Silver 29/69

Cello and Maudru Construction: http://www.cello-maudru.com/frogleapwinery/

After renovating Frog’s Leap’s historic Red Barn and barrel room, Cello and Maudru Construction added this hospitable farmhouse, Napa’s first LEED-certified private building. Committed to thriving with the environment, not at its expense, Frog’s Leap tends 200 acres of dryfarmed, deeply rooted and biodynamically nourished vineyards, surrounded by cover crops of vetch and oats and organic vegetables and flowers. With a mantra of “reduce, reuse, recycle, renew, retain, revere,” pioneering ecological responsibility came naturally to the winery. As architect Ned Forrest specified, they recycled more than 80% of our debris, used local materials, recycled cement shingles and Forest Stewardship Council-certified lumber, and drilled geothermal wells that heat and cool with energy stored in the earth. Inside, a finely polished, cast-in-place concrete fireplace shines below exposed beams, cut onsite from reclaimed timbers. (via Cello and Maudru Construction)

 

Photo via WineHotels.com

Stoller Vineyards Winery—Dayton, Oregon

LEED Scorecard: Gold 46/69

Stoller is committed to leadership in quality winemaking and sustainable environmental practices. They blend traditional gravity flow winemaking with energy efficient systems to preserve the quality of their grapes and reduce negative environmental impact. In 2006, Stoller became the world’s first LEED Gold certified winemaking facility. (via Stoller Vineyards)

 

Photos via Torii Mor Winery

Torii Mor Winery—Dundee, Oregon

LEED Scorecard: Gold 42/69

“We received our certification in March 2010 by meeting very specific guidelines. Our gravity flow winery helps us reduce our footprint in a variety of ways. From a roof with a low Solar Reflectance Index to our solar panels on the south side of our roof, to installing aerators and planting local plants to reduce overall water usage, and using recycled materials whenever possible, we have a building that is not only functional but kind to the environment.” (via Torii Mor Winery)

 

Photos via Allied Works Architecture

Sokol Blosser Winery—Dundee, Oregon

LEED Scorecard: Silver 34/69

“From the start, the Sokol Blossers were aware of the impact that farming and wine production would have on the environment. Before it was popular, the winery did everything it could to give back to the land. Today, the second generation winegrowers of Sokol Blosser continue this ‘good to the earth’ policy through certified-organic farming, sustainable business practices and low impact packaging. In fact, in 2002 Sokol Blosser became the first US winery to receive LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification. In April 2015, the company went through the rigorous process to become a Certified B Corporation.” (via Sokol Blosser Winery)

 

Photos via Red Tail Ridge Winery

Red Tail Ridge Winery—Penn Yan, New York

LEED Scorecard: Gold 41/69

“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.” (via Red Tail Ridge Winery)

 

Photos via Shelburne Vineyard Winery

Shelburne Vineyard Winery—Shelburne, Vermont

LEED Scorecard: Certified 28/69

“We have commitment to sustainable practices in all aspects of our business. In our vineyards we follow the Cornell University “Vine Balance” protocol. Our Winery and Tasting Room building is designed to LEED standards, and all products we use are specifically chosen with environmental sustainability in mind.” (via Shelburne Vineyard Winery)

 

Photos via North Gate Vineyard Winery

North Gate Vineyard Winery—Purcellville, Virginia

LEED Scorecard: Gold 63/110

Architect: O’Neil Architects

Builder and General Contractor: BrickStone Homes

The Tasting Room and Wine Production area at North Gate is LEED Gold certified and the first of its kind in Loudoun County and the second in Virginia. They also boast a 22kw solar array, making them 100% solar powered and able to sell excess electricity back to the grid for credits.

The winery is comprised of local, reclaimed, recycled, and sustainable building materials and decor, including their reclaimed wood tables, bar, and mantle. Their bar top made with recycled wine and beer bottles; bamboo flooring; and their fireplace made with stone from the Shenandoah vein. They also used sustainable landscaping in choosing plants that are native to the area. (via North Gate Vineyard Winery).

 

Via Cooper Vineyards

Cooper Vineyards—Louisa, Virginia

LEED Scorecard – Platinum 53/69

“Cooper Vineyards “green” tasting room officially opened in 2011 and has earned a coveted Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, LEED, Platinum certification. This is awarded only to projects that meet the highest-rated standards in green building technology. We believe there is no better place for a green building where the goal of the entire operation is to transform sunlight into wine. The architectural design of the tasting room, with two complete walls of glass that extend up for two stories makes the visitor experience that of an “indoor/outdoor” space regardless of the weather. Not only are the construction features “green”, the aesthetics of the design with the surrounding landscape, creates the impression that the wine tasting room is an outgrowth of the vineyards itself, similar to the way that the flavors of our award winning wines express the terroir of the vineyard soils.” (Via Cooper Vineyards)

 

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