The region has a reputation for environmental conservation that goes back decades. Many of the valley’s 250 wineries are experimenting with organic and pesticide-free wines, environmentally friendly growing practices and “green” buildings.
Take Sokol Blosser winery’s new destination tasting room in the Dundee Hills near the valley's north end. Launched July 1, the cedar structure that rises organically from the ruddy hillside has already been hailed as an architectural masterpiece. Bonus: Sokol Blosser is stretching hard toward sustainability with solar arrays, 50-percent-biodiesel farm equipment, a songbird-shelter program and America's first LEED-certified winery building: a wildflower-covered underground barrel cellar.Read the full story by the inimitable Christy Karras.
|Tending the vines at Oregon's Sokol Blosser. Image copyright www.amandacastleman.com.|