Designed by Foster + Partners, the Bodegas Portia Winery features a dramatic central hub that makes use of gravity rather than machines to move grapes and wine around the facility. Topped with solar panels, equipped with natural ventilation capabilities and passive solar strategies, and built slightly into the ground, the winery also reduces energy use both in both winter summer.
The Far Niente Estate in Napa Valley, California, looks like an idyllic Chateau straight out of the French countryside. It shouldn’t surprise you that the winery, along with its sister vineyards, practices sustainable wine growing, has strong recycling practices and is net-zero energy. Far Niente has its own giant Floatovoltaic system with a floating pontoon solar system on one of their ponds to conserve land for growing their grapes.
UC Davis has one of the most advanced research centers for viticulture and they are pushing the boundaries for sustainability. One of the latest additions to the LEED Platinum campus is the Jess Jackson Winery Building by Siegel & Strain Architects, which is completely powered by the sun. Visit the UC Davis Wine, Brewery and Food Science Facility during regular pouring events sponsored by the Robert Mondavi Institute.