Louisa County’s Cooper Vineyards opens doors to visitors with a certification from the US Green Building Council (USGBC) for its eco-friendly wine tasting room, the first such facility in Virginia to receive green award.
The wine tasting facility owned by Geoffrey Cooper and Jacquelyn Hogge is made up of materials derived locally from within Virginia, which include a stone sourced from the Shenandoah Valley. It is also the second wine tasting room in the country to receive LEED certification.
Quite similar to this wine tasting facility in Virginia, a property in Walla Walla, Washington stood as an embellishment to the decades-old building that now puts together a variety of stuff; offices, tasting room, furniture, though it has yet to receive its LEED certification.
The old building was the former nest of Johnson Auto Electric. Now it produces wine, with last year’s yield being 6,500 cases of the product. More is expected to be released this year with the introduction of the eco-friendly facility.
According to one of the owners of the wine tasting room in Louisa County, the facility was vineyard in its most basic form and was meant to produce 100 percent Virginia wine with little disturbance to the environment.
Energy efficiency feature of the facility can save up to 15 percent of its energy needs, and it includes a low voltage LED lighting and solar panels.
Moreover, water saving features save 40 percent of the consumption through the low flow fixtures of the wine tasting facility and toilets flushed only with rain water. Its heating and cooling system is powered by geothermal energy.
Half of the facility is purely recycled while the other 50 percent is concrete, added Hoggue, who revealed the total cost of the wine tasting room at about $1.5 million. Hogge said that about a quarter of the cost has been subsidized by a USDA grant.