6 Modern Wineries on the West Coast With Beautiful Architecture
So, whether you're a fan of a full-bodied pinot noir, a zesty chardonnay, or just great design, these modern wineries on the West Coast will soon be on your "go-to" list.
Location: Newberg, Oregon
Architecture: Lever Architecture
Located 45 minutes from Portland on a picturesque 23 acres—just outside of Newberg, Oregon—L'Angolo Estate is a new family-owned winery that was designed by Portland-based firm Lever Architecture. The architects tackled their first winery by creating a sleek and modern tasting room experience that embodies the family’s minimalist approach to wine making.
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Location: Dundee Hills, Oregon
Architecture: Allied Works
The Sokol Blosser family, one of the founders of Oregon’s wine-making industry, has been producing pinot noir, pinot gris, and other varietals since 1978. When the winery commissioned Allied Works to design a new tasting room and event space for the 100-acre estate, they devised a structure composed of three interconnected volumes to showcase the surrounding landscape and spectacular views of the Yamhill Valley. The new tasting room incorporates a number of green features and is the first winery in the U.S. designed to comply with the key components of the Living Building Challenge (LBC).
Location: Paso Robles, California
Architecture: BAR Architects
Situated on a 55-acre site with full panoramic views of the breathtaking countryside, the design of Law Estates Wines reflects the wine-making characteristics that distinguish them from other producers in the Paso Robles region. Much like their focus on showcasing the natural characteristics of each varietal and the specific territory in which they were grown, the minimalist building responds directly to the natural materials of the site, its hillside topography, and climatic influences of the sun and wind.
Location: Napa Valley, California
Architecture: Signum Architecture
Designed by Juancarlos Fernandez of Signum Architecture, the tasting room for the BRAND winery creates a striking silhouette. Simple and unadorned, the corrugated-metal building is set atop tall concrete foundation walls, with a welcoming, wrap-around porch to shelter guests from the hot summer sun and winter rains that are characteristic of California's Napa Valley. Inside, exposed-wood beams soften and warm the space, creating a lodge-like atmosphere.
Location: Napa Valley, California
Architecture: Herzog + De Meuron
Private and difficult to visit, Dominus Estate has also been dubbed "the stealth winery," as the structure is barely discernible from the foothills and vineyards. Completed in 1997, the Dominus winery was the first U.S. project designed by the Swiss architecture firm Herzog + De Meuron. The structure draws more inspiration from Miesian modernism and brutalist influences than traditional winery architecture.
Location: Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
Architecture: Olson Kundig
Proprietor Anthony von Mandl's newest project is a winery in British Columbia that just opened. Tucked into a steep hillside in the Okanagan Valley—which has the lowest rainfall of any wine-producing region in the world—the architecturally stunning Martin’s Lane was designed by Seattle-based architectural firm Olson Kundig and boasts a dramatic structure made of glass, steel, and concrete.