Alma Rosa Winery, Tasting Room and Barn in USA, CA, Californian work and Commercial Development

Alma Rosa Winery, Tasting Room and Vineyard Equipment Barn

July 15, 2020

Alma Rosa Winery Buildings in California

Design: Clayton & Little

Location: El Jabali Ranch, Buellton, California, USA

Alma Rosa Winery Buildings California

In an effort to preserve the innate, natural beauty of El Jabali Ranch, most of the Alma Rosa Winery hospitality program and all of the barrel storage spaces are tucked into the hillside or below grade, allowing the exposed areas to read as stone walls and the winery fermentation “barn” to literally blend into the surroundings.

Alma Rosa Winery Buildings California

A vegetated roof of native grasses seamlessly blends the nearly 25,000-square-foot complex into the bank of the hill. The tasting room and support space foster a strong visual connection to winery operations, the caves and provide dramatic views to the north vineyard block, heightening the visitors experience and immersion into the ranch.

Alma Rosa Winery Buildings California

Incorporating the native stone walls that slide out of the hill and through the Fermentation Hall, the winery is comprised of multiple spaces assembled under one large steel-framed roof to provide abundant shade to working spaces and ample daylight to interiors. Fermentation space includes 64-ton capacity fermentation tanks with available platform and floor space to expand.

Alma Rosa Winery Buildings California

The intention was to design a space to reflect how a farmer would have built the necessities to run their operations – with both simplicity and flexibility in mind. The steel framed winery building houses open-air fermentation, crush/bottling deck, cased goods storage, a winemaker’s laboratory and blending room, and portals to directly access the caves.

Alma Rosa Winery Buildings California

A second level with exterior circulation includes admin offices for the general manager, sales manager, accounting staff, winemaker and cellar master, two flex offices, a large meeting room, restrooms and a break room that opens up to an exterior terrace. All spaces will feature wonderful daylight and overlook the fermentation activities and visually connect to the hillside and vineyard.

The ventilated subterranean caves leverage the natural soil temperature and help to minimize mechanical cooling to house +/- 1,000 red wine barrels and a facilities that can provide temperature isolation of +/- 100 barrels for white wine. The bulk of the barrel storage on the outer arc is via forklift racks, stacked two and three rows high.

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Larger rooms include Bordeaux stacked barrels that are joined by a wine library “bridge” capable of hosting approximately 8,000 bottles. These spaces are connected to a cave Lounge that serves VIP hosting for hospitality, as well as flexible meeting space for winery and admin staff needs.

The entire winery will have integrated night air cooling to stay in line with the winery’s sustainable strategy to use as little energy as possible. An integrated photovoltaic array on the southern facing gable roof of the winery should minimize reliance on utility provided energy, generating enough power annually to take the winery and vineyard barn off-grid.

Alma Rosa Winery Buildings California

A simple palette of durable, resilient and environmentally authentic materials (steel structure, native stone walls, cast-in-place concrete, reclaimed redwood, and flat and perforated weathering steel plate) have been selected to withstand the particularly dry climate, as well as for their regional availability and clean-lines.

Serving over 50 acres of planted vineyard on the Ranch, the new 3,569-square-foot Vineyard Equipment Barn is optimally positioned to service vineyards on both side of the winery. The steel-framed barn provides open-air covered space for heavy farming equipment, tools, picking bins and closed workspace. A restrained material palette including weathering steel structure, perforated corrugated metal and concrete, is selected to be simple and maintenance-free.

Alma Rosa Winery Buildings California

Alma Rosa Winery Buildings California

Alma Rosa Winery Buildings California

Alma Rosa Winery Buildings California

Alma Rosa Winery Buildings California

Alma Rosa Winery Buildings California

Alma Rosa Winery Buildings, California – Building Information

Design: Clayton & Little

Winery and Tasting Room
Brian Korte FAIA Partner
Josh Nieves
Camden Greenlee

Vineyard Equipment Barn
Brian Korte FAIA Partner
Josh Nieves

Consultant team
Winery and Tasting Room
Clayton & Little (Architecture and Interior Design)
Rogers & Pedersen Construction (General Contractor)
Coast Engineering and Survey (Civil Engineer)

Vineyard Equipment Barn
Clayton & Little (Architecture)
Rogers & Pedersen Construction (General Contractor)
Coast Engineering and Survey (Civil Engineer)
SSG Structural Engineers, LLP (Structural Engineer)
In Balance Green Consulting (Green Building Consultant)

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Location: El Jabali Ranch, Buellton, California

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