Oregon winery opens 'living' tasting room

Oregon winery opens 'living' tasting room

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by KEELY CHALMERS, KGW Reporter

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Posted on July 1, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 3 at 10:39 AM

PORTLAND -- A pioneer in Oregon winemaking opened the doors to a first-of-its-kind tasting room.

In 1978, Sokol Blosser Winery built the first tasting room in Oregon. More than 30 years later it's going after another first with its brand new tasting room.

It's aiming to be the only winery in the nation to obtain the Living Building Challenge certification, an internationally recognized green building standard.

“The idea behind the building is that we wanted it to look like it just came up out of the earth. We wanted it to be very natural and really fit in with its surroundings, and the building looks like it’s been carved from stone and with the green roof... just like it came up out of the earth,” said winery co-president Alison Sokol Blosser.

The winery's large solar array generates enough energy to power the entire building, making it net-zero.

All the water used goes back into the ground. A green roof helps to both insulate the building and manage storm runoff.

Inside the building, walls of windows and skylights light the tasting room naturally. What artificial light is needed comes from all LED lights.

The new tasting room also showcases a unique design. Wine tasters can taste in a library, a kitchen, on the porch, or they can belly up to the traditional counter.

It was designed by world renowned and local architect Brad Cloepfil who also designed the Wieden and Kennedy building in the Pearl District.

The tasting room opened its door to the public Monday.

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