For the 2014 harvest, all Hilliard Bruce Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were received, sorted, pressed, and are now barrel aging in a new state-of-the-art estate winery.
It has been awarded LEED Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council on January 31, 2015 – the very first in Santa Barbara County.
Embracing sustainability in the vineyard has translated to every aspect of the winery’s purposeful design. Among the many features at the gravity-flow winery is a subterranean naturally humidified cellar with ambient temperature-controlled aging rooms, solar power, no-maintenance core-ten steel siding, creative LED lighting, as well as 40ft solar tubes that bring natural sunlight into the cellar. Views of the Sta. Rita Hills through 120-foot-wide by 2.5-story-tall glass windows can be seen from virtually every corner inside the building – a perfect reminder of the beautiful natural landscape that surrounds them.