Earth Day is next week! In honor of being kind to the planet, we wanted to share how we honor and respect the Earth every day and break down some of the different green certifications that wineries can obtain to help their facilities be kinder to the planet.
We have a long-standing tradition of environmental sustainability here at Torii Mor. We're pretty proud of the innovations made in the state of Oregon in the past several years and we're equally proud of our own contributions. Since 2007 when we built our winery, we have aimed to keep our facilities as earth-friendly as we can. Our winery is a gravity flow building which enables us to use less electricity, and it's equipped with solar panels to allow us to generate some of our own power.
Because of our efforts, we've been awarded two special achievements: LIVE Certification and LEED Gold Certification. Next time you visit our tasting room, be sure to take a peek at our two plaques for these special awards!
Here's what we do to stay Earth conscious and hold these prestigious awards.
LIVE (Low Input Viticulture and Enology) Certification: We are one of 41 wineries that strive towards responsible wine production and vineyard cultivation. We limit water consumption and fuel usage during production and use only environmentally safe chemicals and fertilizers in the vineyard. As well we have our own aquifer on our property which allows us to better control our water usage.
Torii Mor's water well
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification: We received our certification in March 2010 by meeting very specific guidelines. Our gravity flow winery helps us reduce our footprint in a variety of ways. From a roof with a low Solar Reflectance Index to our solar panels on the south side of our roof, to installing aerators and planting local plants to reduce overall water usage, and using recycled materials whenever possible, we have a building that is not only functional but kind to the environment.
Torii Mor Winery with solar panels
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