PORTLAND - Taking trees destroyed in one of Oregon's largest wildfires and turning them in a sustainable tasting room.
It's what one local vineyard did.
Stoller Vineyards opened its new tasting room this week. Inside it, you'll find mostly reclaimed wood. The huge support columns came from an old Portland warehouse. The wood used in the rolling ceiling came from one of Oregon’s largest fires.
“The wood is reclaimed wood from the Biscuit fire, it’s standing dead which is trees that were still standing but were destroyed by the fire. We were able to go in and harvest the wood inside which is really high quality wood,” explained Gary Mortensen, General Manager at Stoller Vineyards.
In 2002, the Biscuit Fire burned roughly 500,000 acres in Southern Oregon. More than a dozen structures were destroyed and countless trees scorched.
The tasting room's 236 solar panels generate enough energy to power the entire building and send excess power to its neighboring winery. During the slower summer months some of energy is actually fed back into the grid.
“It’s maybe not a unique feature to see solar panels. There's a lot of people doing it, but to see it done on this scale is quite unique,” said Sebastien Rake, assistant manager of the tasting room.
In addition, a wall of windows lights the tasting room naturally and a soon-to-come green roof will help insulate it and manage storm runoff.
And since the winery already runs its fork-lift on electric power, it plans to extend that green technology to its customers with an electric vehicle charging station, so those stopping in for a sip of red will get a taste of green along with it.
The tasting room was designed by the same architect that designed the Stoller Winery, the first LEED gold certified winery in North America.