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We founded CADE Estate Winery with a guiding philosophy of environmental responsibility and a commitment to preserving our special spot on Howell Mountain for generations to come. Organic farming is a natural decision for us, and it’s just as important that our winery construction and operation reflect these priorities. To this end, we hired architect Juan Carlos Fernandez to design the valley’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certified estate winery.
LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. At CADE, this includes the use of:
- Recycled steel
- Concrete mixed with fly ash, a coal by-product that reduces the use of cement
- Naturally insulated caves and fermentation room; additional insulation from recycled materials, such as blue jeans
- Individually jacketed fermentation tanks
- Renewable resources such as cork flooring
- Structural glass and solar panels to minimize the use of electricity
- Grey water for irrigation
- Bike racks and electrical car outlets to encourage green transportation
We also worked with local artists like Napa’s Richard Von Saal to incorporate design elements reclaimed from history. The top of our stunning CADE cave table comes from the steel of a WWII submarine, while its legs were salvaged from a vacant building on Mare Island. Our rich mahogany lounge dining table was constructed from trees devastated by the 2004 Indonesian tsunami. On the terrace, our distinctive rolling outdoor coffee table was hewn from the trusses of a demolished mid-1800s wooden bridge over Northern Montana’s Sacajawea River.