The new Research and Teaching Winery at the University of California at Davis is scheduled to open this month, with a goal of becoming the first winery on Earth to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum status.
Even during peak capacity times – which occur often in California’s Central Valley – the building will use solar power for all of its energy needs.
In what could lead to breakthrough technologies in the future, all carbon dioxide emitted during the fermentation process will be removed from the building, captured, and tested for possible uses.
U.C. Davis is recognized around the world as the leading educational institute for winegrowing and winemaking. Numerous “star winemakers” are among its alumni.