Winery & Brewery Design
Growing up in the DC area, we have fond memories of packing up the car and driving out through the pastoral landscape and mountains west of the beltway, through Middleburg, Leesburg, Berryville, Winchester and on through Romney, WV. Recently, we have been privileged to re-acquaint with these nostalgic landscapes through project work, out in the same county areas and have been involved in discussion with wine industry expert, Chris Pearmund (owner and operator of Effingham Manor Winery & Pearmund Cellars Winery), to extrapolate and explore all the component part pieces that together compose the arms, legs and body of the dynamic multi-layered winery and brewery animal.
Not unlike other design projects, designing for a winery & brewery client also kicks off an effort and step towards inserting program into the landscape, which may address desired utility, recreational activity, an enhanced sense of entrance into a distinct place & experience, as well as maximizing the fullest potential footprint within a property, for the purpose of successfully propagating grapes and engaging in the process of viticulture.
Aside from developing an identifiable award-winning wine, common themes and questions that are addressed within aforementioned design work discussions, tend to touch upon and encompass, but are not limited to:
Enhancing and establishing a distinct sense of place which may relate to inherent geographic physical features of a specific property, the beauty & character of its surrounding context and any unique existing man-made elements found therein that tell a story about the property
Providing a structure and organization to a variety and series of multi-purpose outdoor spaces, experiences and uses for things like sport and/or low-impact recreation, as well as venue for special occasions related to things like picnics/eating, hiking, private parties, weddings, dancing & live music/performance
Playing the role of movie director: when starting from scratch, or designing enhancements to an existing composition, you are presented with the opportunity to frame a visitor’s perspective and experience, as well as provide free-form self-led activity and choices within a living/breathing/fluctuating movie set, which may be found within a beautiful hill & mountain setting.
Tapping into the full potential a property has to offer, for the purpose of growing grapes within existing conditions such as: site topography, soils, surface and sub-surface geology, existing vegetation and it's relationship to proposed plantings, as well as provide strategy and ease in things like utilitarian site access and placement of utility production program in harmonious compliment to the ambiance of visitor experience.
On the boards: preliminary schematics being developed by KBLA for Effingham Manor & Winery:
Photos of existing Effingham Manor property:
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