The owners' goal with the winery is to create elegant and feminine wines, which they sought to reflect in the architecture. The side view of the facility evokes the sweeping curve of a swan's wing, inspired by the Tchaikovsky ballet character Odette.
This unique production building adds an organic element to the light and modern hospitality facilities already on the property. The round footprint responds to its location, tucked into a natural cove made by hillsides on three sides. The living roof appears to have been pushed up from the earth to reveal the veil-like screen of perforated aluminum that shelters the work pad at the front of the facility. Inside the screen, a line of tall, dark panels in voluptuous shapes can be slid across the space, creating a whimsical entry that is screened from office and winery activities beyond. Built to LEED Gold standards and using 3 repurposed shipping containers as offices, the design expresses the owners' commitment to sustainable wine production.
A re-imagined portal embraces and welcomes each visitor to the winery caves. Originally one structurally-unsound cave entrance, the new structure was built out to stabilize the earth. A second cave entrance was added to connect a new tunnel to the new winery. The siting of the retaining walls minimized the disruption of the existing grade while embracing the overarching design concept for the project.
Finish materials recall the winery served by the portal. Shotcrete walls match the color of the winery retaining walls; a perforated metal screen and lighting feature reference the sliding screens at the winery crush pad.
The perforated metal screen at the entrance both performs and delights. The screen is back-lit to glow in the evening, and the perforations allow for ventilation of the tunnels.