Hilliard Bruce Winery - Lompoc, California


Program: 11,750 SF wine production facility
Achievements: LEED-NC Silver Certification
Awards: 2015 CCGBC Green Awards Honorable Mention

This stunning facility houses production, barrel rooms, an administrative office/lab, and event space. It has used the natural topography of the site as an advantage in many aspects of the design. First, by setting the barrel storage room into the hillside on the ground floor, combined with energy-efficient insulated concrete forms, high thermal performance has been achieved. In addition, the loading bay, crush pad and fermentation areas are located at the upper level, making it possible to bring grapes into the working areas on grade and use a gravity fed process for movement of the wine from fermentation above to storage below. Water efficiency strategies were employed both for indoor and outdoor use, including process water reuse, drought tolerant plants and stormwater infiltration.

  • Architect: Val Milosevic 
  • Project Manager: Tom Davidson
  • Contractor: Rarig Construction
  • Photography: Bottle Branding

The owners were recently featured in The SOMM Journal, a premier sommelier journal and the building's LEED certification was recognized in the WIN Advisor, by Wine Industry Network.