DESIGN INTENTION Established in 1979, St. Helena’s historic Inglewood Estate has a long winemaking history. When David Sinegal purchased the property in 2013 with the intention of establishing a new winery, he asked us to reimagine the winery experience, while respecting the history of the property and the immense natural beauty of its surroundings. He also wanted to provide a fresh wine tasting experience to reflect a new generation of owners and visitors. The building, set on a beautiful, wooded site adjacent to a blue-line stream and the property line, challenged us to redefine the wine-tasting experience within the existing footprint.
DESIGN SOLUTION Our solution takes its cue from Sinegal Estate’s brand identity, and from the experience they wish to create for their visitors. Inspired by the dark simplicity of the Sinegal wine label, juxtaposed by a simple gold key, we began by staining the existing concrete block facade a deep charcoal, augmenting it with sleek precast concrete panels in the same color. Cedar trellises shading the tasting terrace and continuing up the building’s facade echo the label’s black and yellow hues. Rust-colored metal louvers and corten steel on the terrace wall complete the palette.
To create a more open, contemporary experience, we re-arranged the usage of space, relocating the primary entry to flow through the tasting terrace, and moving all support functions out of sight behind the building. We left the original, ivy-covered facade unchanged, but added a contemporary louvered trellis above the glass doors of original entry, which now leads to the fermentation room. At a glance, this entry looks remarkably like a wine bottle, topped with a small window displaying the estate’s signature key.
The tasting terrace flows easily into the interior lounge, with its casually eclectic interior. Massive sliding barn doors at the rear of the tasting lounge slide open to create a seamless connection to the fermentation room, providing an immersive tasting experience.