How can revitalizing a few buildings transform an entire wine estate?
The architecture of the new Tasting Room and Barrel Building at Cuvaison Estate Wines adds a warm, yet modern feel to the property and conveys that it is not only an inviting “place” for tasting wine, but also a symbol of the entire Cuvaison experience. The Tasting Room’s glass box with wood detailing and a slate terrace wrapping around the space provides transparency and accessibility between hospitality areas and the impressive surrounding landscape. Separate spaces within can cater to groups of visitors or reserved for VIP/Club Members. Guests are guided up the long pathway to this visible destination by a series of staggered concrete pylons which form an optical, yet open, fence.
Previously, visitors to Cuvaison were often discouraged by the lack of visible hospitality, choosing to turn around half way up the rural drive. With no clear arrival point, visitors had difficulty finding the tasting room. The existing tasting room was too small and not designed for hospitality experience and the outdoor experience was uncomfortable due to high wind exposure.
There was a clear need to create a sense of place for Cuvaison Estate wines. One that not only welcomed visitors to the property, but one that also reinforced the brand of a certified sustainable wine estate that has been continuing a tradition of wine making in Napa Valley for over 30 years. The end result is one that showcases the distinctive characteristics of place that are unique to Cuvaison.
“A conscious decision was made to adapt two existing structures in an effort to minimize waste and lower the amount of resource materials. Many efforts were also made to incorporate as many sustainable features as possible to truly create a project embedded to its place.”
—Douglas Thornley, Principal at Gould Evans
Create an indoor/outdoor experience that is sheltered
from the wind
Develop a clear sense of arrival
and demarcation of entry
Provide the ability to separate
from the public tasting area
Reinforce the sustainability goals
of the winery by incorporating sustainable features into the design of the buildings. Scuppers direct rainwater into a bioswale to be reused for irrigation