THE Carlton Winemakers Studio
The Carlton Winemakers Studio (CWS) is an innovative, "green" cooperative winemaking facility that is an archetype for Oregon's wine industry, and the first of its kind built from the ground up in the nation. The 15,000-square-foot, gravity flow winery, located on two acres in historic Carlton has been home to some of the region's most exciting producers since 2002.
CWS is a partnership between Eric Hamacher and his wife, Luisa Ponzi of Ponzi Vineyards, along with Ned and Kirsten Lumpkin of Lumpkin Construction in Seattle and Lazy River Vineyard in Yamhill. Their vision was to build a sustainable or "green," facility following the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System from the U.S. Green Building Council. This system employs accepted energy and environmental principles, while striking a balance between effective practices and emerging concepts, utilizing recycled and reusable materials and efficient energy saving systems.
The Studio was specifically designed for multiple, small, premium wine producers in the Willamette Valley. It is home to nearly 14 artisanal wineries. Each winery operates completely independent from one another. While there are separate cellars and staff, everyone benefits economically from state-of-the-art equipment.
"The vision was to create a space where artisanal wine producers could come together under one roof and have access to a state-of-the-art, gravity-driven, incredibly efficient facility, both for the production and promotion of ultra premium wines, without the extremely high up-front cost of building individual production facilities," says Hamacher.