Sip Wine in This Japanese Pagoda-Inspired Pavilion
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Sip Wine in This Japanese Pagoda-Inspired Pavilion

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By Kathryn M.
Presented by Humboldt Redwood
A California winery selects sustainably produced redwood for a new pergola-topped tasting area.

Visitors to ZO Winery, a family owned farmstay winery in Sonoma County, California, have a new space to enjoy the award-winning wine while taking in spectacular views of Dry Creek Valley. A pavilion designed with inspiration from Japanese pagodas was recently added to the property, providing an intimate area for tasting and relaxing. When selecting materials for the project, the winery looked no further than locally sourced and sustainably produced Humboldt Redwood.

With a design inspired by Japanese pagodas, the structure of this stand-alone tasting pavilion is made of redwood, allowing it to blend in with its California location. 

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David Eckert, owner, winemaker, and grower at ZO Winery, recalls his thoughts when first purchasing the property in 2012: "There were a few key things missing. For one, we didn’t have a great place to enjoy views of the vineyard, so we decided to create a deck and pavilion." A large redwood deck with a pergola was first added to the historic 1906 main house, followed by the tasting pavilion, which was recently completed in 2019. 

"We wanted something that was just as unique as our experience," comments Tyler Osburg-Head, hospitality and estate manager at ZO Wines Farmstay and Estate Winery.  

At the heart of ZO Wines’ winemaking philosophy is the requirement of the 'right fruit, from the right places, grown with the right people.' The vineyard on the property, established in 1999 as 'Triple Ten Vineyard,' accomplishes this and further carries through a Japanese theme. The Japanese word ‘Ten’ (天), means heaven or heavenly. 

 "We had a vision of connecting to the vineyard’s roots, which are of Japanese origin, yet we also wanted it to match the Sonoma County aesthetics. So, when it came time to choose the materials for our pavilion, redwood was a no brainer," adds Eckert.  

The open area creates an intimate space for tasting different ZO Wines, with a bar made of barrels and topped with a solid piece of wood. 

Sustainably harvested Humboldt Redwood was the perfect match for ZO Winery, which is also a CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE winery focusing on small-batch production using environmentally friendly practices. David recalls the reasons he chose Humboldt Redwood specifically: "One of the things we really liked was their alignment with our sustainability philosophy. We also love the look and feel of the wood: it keeps cool on hot days and adds a nice texture to our winery environment." 

Guests are surrounded by the warmth and character of Humboldt Redwood while slowly sipping ZO Winery’s distinctive Zinfandels, Sauvignon Blanc, and other offerings. 

With their long-term commitment to sustainability, Humboldt Redwood grows more redwood than they harvest annually. The company maintains Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC® C013133) certification for its timberlands in Northern California. From decking and siding to timbers and uppers, Humboldt Redwood has a variety of products for different construction needs. Please visit GetRedwood.com for more information.