Oregon wineries lauded for their environmentally-friendly efforts

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Two wineries within a short drive of Portland were honored in Architectural Digest for their efforts to "save the planet."

Stoller Family Estate was the first ever LEED Gold Certified winery in the world. There, the sustainability starts in the fermentation room, where they play around with Newton's Law, taking advantage of their hillside location.

"The wine goes from the tanks, down a pipe and then out and connects to this bottling truck," Stoller's Director of Winemaking Melissa Burr said. "Using nature to do the work for us."

Their property also includes four catacombs that act as natural AC in the underground barrel room plus 1,200 solar panels that power six buildings. Additionally, the ceiling in their tasting room is made out of wood reclaimed from the BiscuitFire.

Sokol Blosser became the first LEED-certified winery in the nation in 2002, thanks to an underground barrel cellar. They are now B Corp certified too.

"[Being B Corp-certified means] looking at the whole picture of sustainability within your company," Alex Sokol Blosser, winemaker and co-president of Sokol Blosser, said.

"Oregon has more B Corp-certified wineries than any other state in the nation," Stoller Family Estate Communications Director Michelle Kaufmann said.

These wineries are not only adapting to the future, but inspiring future businesses.

"When people move here, and there are a lot of people starting wineries right now, they embrace it as well," Sokol Blosser said.

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