A "Starr" Winery - a state-of-the-art facility is completed
FOOTHILLS WINEMAKERS continue to innovate despite a sluggish economy, signaling a bright future.
Nowhere is this more evident than at Sierra Starr Vineyard & Winery in Grass Valley, which just built a new wine processing facility. “It's among the newest, biggest and most energy efficient in the foothills,” says owner/winemaker Phil Starr.
The state-of-the-art winery epitomizes the can-do spirit of Sierra Vintners to make their wines stand out amid the competition.
Sierra Starr, a “rising star” in its own right since acquiring a vineyard in 1995, has hardly sat idle during the recession. It also bought a new, bigger tasting room in the
historic downtown to showcase its wines.
The new winery is designed to maintain a 58-65º ambient temperature all year, ideal for winemaking and storage. This was accomplished by burying part of the building underground and using structural insulated panels (or SIP panels).
The 4,900-square-foot building features energy-efficient lighting, as well as 15 skylights.
The crush pad area of the roof is designed for the weight of a forklift. The grapes benefit from a “gravity flow” system to the wine tanks below, minimizing the use of pumps.
The new crush pad also provides a spectacular view of the vineyard, terraced lawns, heritage oaks and a stage for summer concerts, adds assistant winemaker/vineyard manager Jackson Starr.
All told, the new winery can handle five times the current production at Sierra Starr. Best of all, it will help produce more award- winning wines.