Rich produces wine in the state-of-the-art Carlton Winemakers
Studio, the nation's first "green" cooperative winemaking
which is a partnership between Eric Hamacher, his wife, Luisa
Ponzi of Ponzi Vineyards, and Ned and Kirsten Lumpkin of Lumpkin
Construction in Seattle and Lazy River Vineyard in Yamhill,
promises to be an archetype for Oregon's wine industry .
will operate independently, with separate cellars and staff,
but all will benefit economically from sharing state-of-the-art
equipment in the gravity-driven building designed to use natural
light, passive solar heat and recycled materials. The Studio
has registered with the USGBC (United States Green Building
Council) for certification when completed, and will be the
first LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design)
certified winery in the US, encompassing crush pad, fermentation
room, laboratory, office, tasting room, case good storage area,
bottling room, cellars etc.
researched the environmentally friendly facility for several
years and said he knows of nothing like it in the world. He
successfully lobbied the state Legislature a few years ago
to pass legislation allowing multiple winery facilities.
are cooperatives who generally get together to make economical
wines," Hamacher said. "That's not what we have in
mind here. The winemakers associated with this facility look
for the highest quality. This is truly an artists' studio and
it's all done with the environment in mind."