Silver Oak Cellars in Napa Valley is showing how you can enjoy the good life and the green life too.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the winery, which was damaged in a 2006 flood and then a fire the same year, has been rebuilt with the environment in mind.
Everything aside from a water tower that appears on the wine labels was newly designed, and materials include limestone from an abandoned flour mill and tight-grained walnut from an orchard at the end of its life, according to the article.
The winery's power comes from 1,464 solar panels on the roof, and thick concrete in the walls will keep the temperature inside steady.
The Bardessono, an inn scheduled to open in February located three miles from Silver Oaks, had similar goals, and is aiming for a platinum rating from the US Green Building Council. The building will feature solar panels and geothermal wells.
The author of the article says: "Sustainability will take root when tens of millions of individuals realize it makes sense--and that it makes our lives better. If some of those conversions occur on a weekend getaway to Napa, that's fine with me."
We'd even encourage it.
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