Bill Stoller is an ardent preservationist and an Oregon pioneer. Over the last 20+ years, he has transformed the Stoller family farm into one of Oregon’s leading vineyards and wineries, and a model of sustainability.
"At Stoller, we take the preservation of our agricultural land very seriously. From the very beginning, I endeavored to build a legacy that would extend beyond my generation and my children’s generation. I sought to establish a vineyard that demonstrates the finest quality of wine made in Oregon, a property that would preserve the natural beauty of this land for generations to come. In 2006, our winery became the first to receive LEED® Gold Certification in the North America; since then, we have been certified by Low Input Viticulture and Enology (LIVE), as well as by Salmon Safe. Our tasting room continues this tradition of stewardship of the land by combining environmental conservation, sustainability, and high-efficiency design."
Gravity flow techniques greatly reduce the amount of energy required for wine production.
STOLLER AND LEED
Our winery is a LEED-certified winery, and the first to be LEED Gold Certified in the world. As part of achieving LEED certification, we have integrated gravity-flow winemaking techniques, energy-efficient heating and cooling, and waste-water reclamation to reduce our environmental footprint.
Our winery is located atop a scenic knoll, which provides the slope required for gravity-flow wine production. Gravity flow is a more gentle method of winemaking which reduces the need for pumping, thus preserving the quality of the wine and conserving energy.
Stoller was the first Pacific Northwest winery to produce solar energy. Its 46 kW solar electric system, located on the main south-facing roofs, generates about half of the winery’s electrical needs. To further reduce our energy consumption, we employ natural ventilation and lighting, efficient heating and cooling systems, and an efficient building envelope.
EFFICIENT DESIGN & LEED CONSTRUCTION
- The computerized lighting control system features switches, motion sensors, and timers for a more efficient energy use.
- The barrel-aging cellars were built below ground level to take advantage of the natural cooling capacity of the earth. The concrete mass and the stored wine help stabilize temperatures.
- To conserve natural resources, materials with a high percentage of recycled content were used in construction. These materials include all-steel and aluminum components, concrete with fly ash, gypsum wallboards, and countertops.
- We employed regional materials and local fabricators whenever possible in an effort to reduce our transportation impact and support the local economy.
- The beams and columns in porches and stair treads are made from recycled wood reclaimed from a building in northwest Portland.
- Ninety-six percent of construction waste was recycled, diverting recovered resources from the landfill back to the manufacturing process, while reusable materials were dispatched to appropriate sites.
The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating SystemTM was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council as a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for high-performance, sustainable building. We are proud to be one of the few LEED-certified buildings in Oregon's wine industry.