Hall Wines: First LEED GOLD Winery in California
Image via: Hall WinesHall Wines, located in Napa Valley, claims to now make wine in one of the most advanced and state-of-the-art facilities on the market, the wine market that is. And they're going organic within the next year.So what makes Hall Wines so special? First they installed radiant heating/cooling floors, which allow the building to maintain a more constant temperature - perfect for producing wine and great for saving energy in the building. Next, 35% of their electricity is generated from the solar panels covering the rooftops of all the buildings. Over 42,000 square feet of roof space are covered. Third, 10% of the materials used in making the building were "extracted, harvested, recovered, as well as manufactured, within 500 miles of the site" and an additional 10% of the materials were made from recycled materials. Finally, choosing drought-tolerant landscaping saves 50% on irrigation and choosing low-flow faucets saves 40% of building water usage. 100% of the water used for landscaping and irrigation is recycled water.
A few other things that Hall does, that is neither-here-nor-there in terms of LEED include shipping all wine orders in recyclable materials. They also ship direct to customers to cut down on emissions and costs.
The Hall Winery opened in 2005 and currently they own over 500 acres that produce bordeaux varietals, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and sauvignon blanc grapes. They are currently farming their 500 acres of grapes organically and hope to attain organic certification within the next year. If you want to see the new facilities, Hall Wines St. Helena offers LEED tours daily at 11am. :Hall WinesMore on Green WineriesGetting Green Wines from 4 Great Wine RegionsClif Family Winery Introduces Green My ShipmentWorld's Largest Solar Powered WinerySolar Panel Theft is Rampant in California Wineries