The Willamette Valley region in Western Oregon boasts some of the world’s most scenic vineyards and a unique climate ideally suited to the production of a variety of wines, especially Pinot Noir. The area is home to hundreds of wineries that are committed to sustainable farming practices that respect the environment. One such winery is Lingua Franca, which was co-founded by Larry Stone, David Honig, and Dominique Lafon in 2015.
In an article published in August 2017, Wines & Vines magazine recounts the journey that led Stone from Napa Valley to the his partnership in Oregon, and then takes a closer look at the facility that they built in 2016 with the goal of creating a building “to make wines in a traditional way with innovative techniques.”
The 20,000-square-foot facility, designed by Portland architect Laurence Ferar, includes an increased focus on minimizing the building footprint, maximizing earthquake resistance, and embracing sustainable design choices wherever possible.
Lingua Franca’s commitment to sustainability resulted in features like the Thermomass wall system consisting of concrete tilt-up “sandwich panels,” with a layer of rigid insulation between two layers of concrete. According to Savre, “This layering provides the benefit of perimeter insulation, a durable wall finish, as well as thermal mass to mediate diurnal temperature swings.”
Read the complete article at: https://www.winesandvines.com/features/article/187724/Lingua-Franca