Here is Green Badger’s list of LEED certified wineries that are environmentally sustainable and architecturally inspirational.
Wineries across the U.S. are putting their wine where their values are, and 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 we missed any, please let us know!
Goldeneye Wineries – 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)
CADE Winery – Angwin, California
LEED Scorecard: Gold 40/69
“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)
Shale Oak Wineries—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)
Odette Wineries—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
- 8500 square feet of planted living roof
- Naturally insulated caves
- 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)
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)
Frog’s Leap Winery—Rutherford, California
LEED Scorecard: Silver 29/69
Construction Company: Cello and Maudru Construction
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.
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)
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)
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 Certification. In April 2015, the company went through the rigorous process to become a Certified B Corporation.”
(via Sokol Blosser 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. 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)
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.”
North Gate Vineyard Wineries—Purcellville, Virginia
LEED Scorecard: Gold 63/110
Architect: O’Neil Architects
Builder and General Contractor: BrickStone Homes
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).
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.”
(via Cooper Vineyards)
If wineries aren’t your style, check out our list of LEED Certified Breweries in the U.S.
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