Gallery: High Tech WBF Lab LEED Platinum Winery Collects Enough Rainwat...

If you're by chance thinking of a career change and "vintner" has always sounded like a fun job, check out this fantastic UC Davis wine making lab that not only teaches sustainable wine production, but is also a net-zero water and LEED Platinum certified facility. Practicing what it preaches, the WBF Lab, designed by Flad Architects, is as high tech as it gets when it comes to wine making and along the way students learn about sustainable production processes and operating procedures. The facility collects enough rainwater to irrigate all of the surrounding vineyards and earned High Honors for Lab of the Year from R&D Magazine.

Officially the lab is called The Teaching and Research Winery and the August A. Busch III Brewing and Food Science Laboratory, or WBF for short and is part of the the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science (RMI). The 34,000-sq ft eco lab hosts advanced research and teaching programs and supports outreach into the wine industry. Students and researchers make, research and test wine inside the suburban facility and have a chance to directly test theories and validate new processes for cultivation and production in industrial conditions.


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